Lasers in dense gases pumped by low-energy electron beams

A. Ulrich, C. Nießl, J. Wieser, H. Tomizawa, D. E. Murnick, M. Salvermoser

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The use of low-energy (≈15 keV) electron beams for pumping laser systems in dense gases with high specific power deposition is described. Thin (300 nm) SiNx ceramic foils used as entrance window in a transverse geometry for the electron beam allows pressure differentials of several atmospheres with low percentage energy loss in transmission. The 1.73 μm XeI (5d[3/2]1-6p[5/2]2) infrared laser was used for a first demonstration of this concept. The laser operated between 130 and 650 mbar. A threshold pumping power of 5.3 W and a maximum output power of 6 mW were observed. The system can be scaled to high pumping power (≈MW/cm3) and short wavelength.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3525-3529
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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