27 May 1998 Factors affecting the life of dye laser flash lamps
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The life of high power short pulse flashlamps for dye lasers has been examined and a key degradation process identified. Three main effects have been identified and characterized. These are an initial steep drop in optical output followed by a slow decline in output with continuous running and an output recovery after a rest period. Mass spectroscopy has shown that there is a substantial build-up of oxygen in the flashlamp during the first few pulses. The oxygen is believed to be a result of the break-up of the quartz wall. Using this simple process of wall erosion the three effects above have been explained. This has led to a new model to predict the life of short pulse, high power flashlamps where operational lifetime is dominated by wall erosion rather than thermal stress.
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Alan W. Miller, Alan W. Miller, Peter R. Horsted, Peter R. Horsted, Robert J. Chad, Robert J. Chad, } "Factors affecting the life of dye laser flash lamps", Proc. SPIE 3265, Solid State Lasers VII, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308677; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.308677


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