TITLE

Improved performance of XeF lasers in argon diluent

AUTHOR(S)
Kimura, W. D.; Salesky, E. T.; Seamans, J. F.
PUB. DATE
November 1986
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;11/17/1986, Vol. 49 Issue 20, p1319
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A comparison of laser performance in electron beam pumped XeF using either neon or argon diluent is presented. Extraction measurements are performed at room temperature under high-energy loading conditions (160 kW/cm3, 1 μs laser pulse lengths) using either NF3 or F2 as halogen fuels. It is found with neon diluent that the laser output remains relatively constant during the excitation pulse, but with argon diluent the output increases almost linearly during the pulse. This continuous rise of the laser output with argon diluent leads to efficiencies higher than with neon diluent for input energy loadings >=100 J/l. There are also indications that the argon diluent mixture is less susceptible to halogen burn-up.
ACCESSION #
9821379

 

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