Large-volume longitudinally excited Ca+ discharge-recombination laser

M. S. Butler, J. A. Piper

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An experimental investigation of a longitudinally excited Ca+ discharge-recombination laser with an active volume of 1000 cm3 is reported. Single-pulse output energy densities greater than 4 mu;/cm3 at energy-conversion efficiencies of 0.05% have been obtained on the lamda;373.7-nm transition for low-pulse-rate (1-Hz) operation at helium buffergas pressures up to 400 Torr. Mean powers greater 0.5 W have been obtained at 500 Hz in preliminary studies of high-pulse-rate operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-168
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1987

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