High-pressure volume discharges in gas lasers

G. A. Mesyats, Yu D. Korolev

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    Investigations of pulsed volume discharges at pressuresp~ 1 atm in nitrogen, C02:N2:He mixtures, and mixtures of noble gases and halogens are reviewed from the point of view of their use in lasers. The review examines self-sustaining discharges in which the initiating electrons are produced by illuminating the gap with an auxiliary spark, with an x-ray source, etc., and non-self-sustaining discharges with external gas ionization by fast electrons. Data on the contraction of volume discharges are presented. A special section is devoted to high-pressure discharges in C02 lasers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)57-69
    Number of pages13
    JournalSoviet Physics - Uspekhi
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 1986

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    • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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