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THE USE OF INTENSE PINCH DISCHARGES FOR LASER ILLUMINATION,
ARMY ELECTRONICS LABS FORT MONMOUTH N J
Results so far indicate a Pinch discharge light sources provide excellent means for laser pumping with increased efficiency in comparison to conventional light sources in particular in the spectral range below 5000A. b For the first time high repetition rates are feasible which are necessary for certain military applications. The fast pinch discharge mechanism also may eliminate the need for mechanical or electronic Q - spoiling and simplifies the system. c For each laser material the light source should be tailored for optimum performance. It might also be possible to develop new laser materials matching the particular properties of pinch discharges. For example, intense radiation in the ultraviolet is expected at high degrees of ionization. Therefore new laser materials with absorption bands in the UV become promising. Author
Also included in Proceedings of the 1964 Army Science Conference, United States Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., 17-19 Jun 1964, Volume I, AD-611 432.