Transient Effects in Burst-Mode Operation of Pulsed Barium Vapor Lasers

H. M. Pask, J. A. Piper

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An externally heated barium laser has been operated in burst mode in order to investigate The approach of The medium to steady-state operation in a continuously pulsed self-heated mode. Studies of The temporal evolution of discharge-current and cathode-voltage waveforms and laser output throughout a burst of pulses reveal sbort-term (first few pulses) and long-term (tens of pulses) transient effects. The former are attributed to changing prepulse conditions early in The burst, and The latter to The build up of radial Thermal gradients in The laser medium due to gas heating. Simple models enabling The calculation of time-averaged radial gas temperature profiles in The steady-state limit and temporal evolution of spatially averaged gas temperatures are presented to elucidate The effects of gas heating.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2376-2384
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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