1 August 1990 Flashlamp pumping of Nd:glass disk amplifiers
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Proceedings Volume 1277, High-Power Solid State Lasers and Applications; (1990); doi: 10.1117/12.20583
Event: The International Congress on Optical Science and Engineering, 1990, The Hague, Netherlands
We present experimental results and a model of Nd:glass disk amplifiers which are used in inertial confinement fusion research. We first review our previous measurements on pulsed xenon flashlamps. We then discuss out measurements on the enhancement of the Nd fluorescence decay rate in laser disks by amplified spontaneous emission. Using these data, we have constructed a model of flashlamp pumping which treats the transfer efficiency of pump light from the flashlamps to the disks as an empirical function. We have found a simple description of this cavity transfer function which provides an excellent fit to the amplifier results for various pump pulselengths. We discuss the concept of the pump area ratio for describing the flashlamp packing density and show that amplifier performance is optimized for values of this parameter near unity. We finally present results for both a singlesegment and a multisegment disk amplifier. We have used these devices to investigate new amplifier designs for a large scale fusion driver.
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Howard T. Powell, Alvin C. Erlandson, Kenneth S. Jancaitis, James E. Murray, "Flashlamp pumping of Nd:glass disk amplifiers", Proc. SPIE 1277, High-Power Solid State Lasers and Applications, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.20583; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.20583



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