Pulse behaviour of a compact RF discharged CO2 slab laser

Year: 1996

Authors: Lapucci A., Mascalchi S., Rossetti F.

Autors Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Largo E. Fermi 6, 50125 Firenze, Italy

Abstract: We present the measurements made on a medium power, 35 cm long, radiofrequency discharge CO2 stab laser operated in a pulsed regime obtained by switching the RF discharge. In this way, pulses with peak power up to 480 W at pulse repetition frequencies in the range 1 to 10 kHz have been obtained. Pulse energy and average extracted power have been experimentally characterized with respect to the pulse repetition frequency and to the pulse duration, and the pulse shape and characteristic times have been measured. We also investigated the propagation properties of the beam emerging from our laser. Copyright (C) 1996 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Journal/Review: OPTICS AND LASER TECHNOLOGY

Volume: 28 (3)      Pages from: 187  to: 191

KeyWords: Cavity resonators; Continuous wave lasers; Electric discharges; Electrodes; Laser beams; Laser pulses; Light propagation; Mirrors; Switching, Carbon dioxide slab laser; Pulse duration; Pulse repetition frequencies; Pulse repetition rate; Radiofrequency discharge, Carbon dioxide lasers
DOI: 10.1016/0030-3992(95)00090-9

Citations: 13
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