Vol. 15, issue 03, article # 3

Zhdaneev O.V., Evtushenko G.S. Numerical investigation of the effect of cesium on copper vapor laser performance. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 2002. V. 15. No. 03. P. 207-212.
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The feasibility of using an easily ionized addition in a copper vapor laser to enhance the laser performance is studied numerically. For this study, a self-consistent computer model describing processes in an excitation electrical circuit and laser discharge tube was developed. It is shown that cesium addition improves formation of the population inversion and plasma relaxation in a copper vapor laser. These improvements are explained by reduction of the pre-pulse electron density and creation of conditions favorable for excitation of the laser upper levels.