TITLE

Pulse-burst laser systems for fast Thomson scattering (invited)

AUTHOR(S)
Den Hartog, D. J.; Ambuel, J. R.; Borchardt, M. T.; Falkowski, A. F.; Harris, W. S.; Holly, D. J.; Parke, E.; Reusch, J. A.; Robl, P. E.; Stephens, H. D.; Yang, Y. M.
PUB. DATE
October 2010
SOURCE
Review of Scientific Instruments;Oct2010, Vol. 81 Issue 10, p10D513
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Two standard commercial flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG (YAG denotes yttrium aluminum garnet) lasers have been upgraded to 'pulse-burst' capability. Each laser produces a burst of up to 15 2 J Q-switched pulses (1064 nm) at repetition rates of 1-12.5 kHz. Variable pulse-width drive (0.15-0.39 ms) of the flashlamps is accomplished by insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) switching of electrolytic capacitor banks. Direct control of the laser Pockels cell drive enables optimal pulse energy extraction, and up to four 2 J laser pulses during one flashlamp pulse. These lasers are used in the Thomson scattering plasma diagnostic system on the MST reversed-field pinch to record the dynamic evolution of the electron temperature profile and temperature fluctuations. To further these investigations, a custom pulse-burst laser system with a maximum pulse repetition rate of 250 kHz is now being commissioned.
ACCESSION #
54858215

 

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