Study of the Plasma Pinch Method of Optically Pumping Lasers.
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RAYTHEON CO WALTHAM MASS MICROWAVE AND POWER TUBE DIV
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An experimental investigation of the application and optimization of a theta pinch system for optically pumping neodymium-doped calcium tungstate laser crystals, at an input energy of 50 - 150 j, indicated that 1 there was an optimum pressure approximately 10 Torr xenon for laser operation at a given input energy, 2 discharges in xenon gas one of several rare gases used generated the most intense light, which produced the largest laser output energy, 3 multi-turn pinch coils gave better performance resulting in larger laser output than the commonly used single-turn pinch coil or strap, and 4 the best output laser energy obtained was 2 x 10 to the minus 5th power times the input electrical energy. Modified author abstract
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