Vol. 6, issue 03, article # 1

Karras T. W., Anderson C. E. Flowing metal vapor lasers. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 1993. V. 6. No. 03. P. 228-233. PDF
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Transverse discharge copper vapor laser experiments using a flowing metal medium, high voltages, and low inductance are summarized. Burst mode operation at 20 kHz with specific laser output of 50 mJ/cm-3 was obtained. Measurements of spontaneous emission of 2 mJ/cm-3 indicate very high upper laser state population (1Ч1016). This is confirmed by determinations based upon independent measurements of gain (4.5 cm-1) and computations based upon assumptions of amplified spontaneous emission. Total specific spontaneous output power of 36 WЧcm-3 is indicated.