Gas lasers pumped by runaway electrons preionized diffuse discharge

Alexei N. Panchenko, Mikhail I. Lomaev, Nikolai A. Panchenko, Victor F. Tarasenko, Alexei I. Suslov

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It was shown that run-away electron preionized volume (diffuse) discharge (REP DD) can be used as an excitation source of gas mixtures at elevated pressures and can produce laser emission. We report experimental and simulated results of application of the REP DD for excitation of different active gas mixtures. Kinetic model of the REP DD in mixtures of nitrogen with SF6 is developed allowing predicting the radiation parameters of nitrogen laser at 337.1 nm. Peculiarities of the REP DD development in different gas mixtures are studied, as well. It was shown that the REP DD allows obtaining efficient lasing stimulated radiation in the IR, visible and UV spectral ranges. New operation mode of nitrogen laser is demonstrated under REP DD excitation. Laser action on N2, HF, and DF molecules was obtained with the efficiency close to the limiting value. Promising prospects of REP DD employment for exciting a series of gas lasers was demonstrated. It was established that the REP DD is most efficient for pumping lasers with the mixtures comprising electro-negative gases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number95432B
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberJanuary
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • gas lasers
  • Run-away electron preionized diffuse discharge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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