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Enhancement of electric oxygen-iodine laser performance using larger mode volume resonators.

Authors
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  • 1 1University of Illinois, 306 Talbot Laboratory, 104 South Wright Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Optics Letters
1539-4794
Publisher
The Optical Society
Publication Date
Volume
35
Issue
10
Pages
1611–1613
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1364/OL.35.001611
PMID: 20479825
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Herein the authors report on the demonstration of an 87% enhancement in cw laser power on the 1315 nm transition of atomic iodine via a 100% increase in the resonator mode volume. O(2)(a1Delta) is produced by a single rf-excited electric discharge sustained in an O(2)-He-NO gas mixture flowing through a rectangular geometry, and I(P2(1/2)) is then pumped using energy transferred from O(2)(a1Delta). A total laser output power of 102.5 W was obtained using a Z-pass resonator configuration.

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