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12 May 1998 Efficient nonchain chemical HF lasers initiated by e-beam and self-sustained discharge
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Non-chain HF lasers initiated by electric discharge and e- beam are described. A generator with an inductive energy storage and semiconducting opening switch was used for discharge formation. The generator was shown to be very promising for development of efficient discharge HF lasers with high output energy. It produces very uniform discharge in SF6-H2(C3H8) gas mixtures at elevated pressure and increases its stability. Discharge HF laser efficiency up to 5.5% was demonstrated. Radially convergent e-beam was used to pump 30 1 HF laser. Optimal gas mixture SF6:H2 equals 8:1 under pressure of 0.45 atm was chosen to provide no more than two-fold specific output power variations across the laser beam area. Output energy as high as 115 J and efficiency with respect to e-beam energy deposited into gas mixture up to 7-8% were demonstrated. Total laser energy and efficiency with respect to deposited energy at pressure of 1.1 atm when the output distribution was non-uniform were found to be up to 200 J and 11%, respectively. The `jump' of pressure in SF6-H2 mixture at the instance of e-beam injection was found to be lower than that in excimer laser mixtures due to SF6 high density. This simplifies creation of wide-aperture e- beam HF-lasers. We expect that the use of pulse generators and wide-aperture laser setup available at HCEI enable us to develop 1 kJ non-chain HF laser initiated either by self- sustained discharge or e-beam.
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Victor F. Tarasenko, Evgenii H. Baksht, Mikhail I. Lomaev, Victor M. Orlovskii, Alexei N. Panchenko, and Edward A. Sosnin "Efficient nonchain chemical HF lasers initiated by e-beam and self-sustained discharge", Proc. SPIE 3268, Gas and Chemical Lasers and Intense Beam Applications, (12 May 1998);

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