Temporal Evolution of the Mercury-Chloride Discharge.
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Computational simulations of the HgCl discharge are discussed. Equations that model the laser are solved simultaneously as functions of time. The discharge model includes electron losses by dissociative attachment and dissociative recombination. Electron sources are direct electron beam ionization and ionization from the excitation of the atomic species. The excitation and ionization rates are obtained from solutions to the electron Boltzmann equation which includes the following processes inelastic collisions of the first and second kind, heating by the electric field, secondary production by the electron beam, and electron-electron collisions.
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