Gain characteristics of large volume CuBr laser active media

F. A. Gubarev, V. O. Troitskiy, Maxim Victorovich Trigub, V. B. Sukhanov

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Abstract

The paper presents the experimental results on how the active additive HBr and the temperatures of the containers with CuBr influence the gain characteristics of large volume (8 cm bore, 90 cm long) CuBr laser active media with the external heating of the active zone of the gas discharge tube (GDT). It has been demonstrated that an increase in the concentration of CuBr vapors results in the contraction of the gain profile of the active medium, consistent with the increase of the gain factor in the axial region of GDT. The contraction is also imposed by HBr addition. Despite the fact that we used the external heating of GDT at the pump power of 1.5 kW and less, the energy input is still not sufficient to produce the effective generation for large active volume lasers; and it is evident from the small gain profile width. The maximum gain profile width under experimental conditions (consider Pout/P in > 2) was 3 cm; this value was obtained without HBr-additive within the active volume, while the concentration of CuBr vapors being significantly less than optimal, that corresponds to the maximum average lasing power.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2565-2568
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Volume284
Issue number10-11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2011

Keywords

  • Active additives
  • Copper bromide
  • Gain characteristics
  • Laser gain profiling
  • Metal vapor laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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