Energy losses in pumping systems of discharge high-power lasers are investigated. To estimate the losses, the discharge circuit operation was modeled, and its calculation was performed using the program PSpice. Results of measurements and calculations demonstrate that the resistance of a rail gap with electric field distortion exceeds several times the resistance of a single-channel gap without field distortion. A difference in the resistances is explained by different mechanisms of discharge burning: in the first case diffusion mechanism and in the second case the spark mechanism. The low efficiency of the high-power excimer lasers (~1%) is explained by high energy losses in the rail gap that reach more than 50% of the initially stored energy.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)