Applied Physics B

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 187–193 | Cite as

Pulsed power modeling of very-large-aperture, transverse-discharge CO2 lasers

  • R. E. BeverlyIII


Discharge behavior of large-aperture (10–70 cm) CO2 lasers is computed using a coupled particle kinetics-equivalent circuit model. Pulsed power systems that produce a single excitation pulse are only able to satisfy the preionization, ignition, and impedance matching conditions for interelectrode gaps ≦40–50 cm. Double-pulse systems are required for larger gaps, not only to optimize electrical efficiency, but to avoid oscillatory behavior which can lead to arc formation during the second cycle.


42.55 Em 52.80 Hc 84.70 + p 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    V.V. Apollonov, G.G. Baitsur, A.M. Prokhorov, E.E. Trefilov, K.N. Firsov, B.G. Shubin: Sov. Tech. Phys. Lett. 14, 241–242 (1988)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    V.V. Apollonov, G.G. Baitsur, O.B. Koval'chuk, V.N. Konev, V.R. Minenkov, K.N. Firsov, B.G. Shubin: Sov. Tech. Phys. Lett. 14, 915–916 (1988)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    V.V. Apollonov, G.G. Baitsur, B.B. Kudabaev, V.R. Minenkov, A.M. Prokhorov, B.V. Semkin, K.N. Firsov, B.G. Shubin: Instrum. Exp. Technol. 32, 149–152 (1989)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    V.V. Apollonov, G.G. Baitsur, K.N. Firsov, O.B. Koval'chuk, V.R. Minenkov, B.G. Shubin: Ultraviolet-preionized volume self-sustained discharge in a volume of 400 liters, paper scheduled for presentation at Pulse Power for Lasers III (Los Angeles 1991); Proc. SPIE 1411 (to be published)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    R.E. Beverly III: Discharge ignition phenomena in CO2 and N2O lasers with preliminary filling of the interelectrode gap by electrons, Appl. Phys. B 53, 101–107 (1991)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    R.E. Beverly III: Enhanced transverse discharge stability using preionization from an auxiliary barrier discharge, Seventh Intern. Symp. on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers (Wien 1988); Proc. SPIE 1031, 458–466 (1989)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    V.V. Apollonov, G.G. Baitsur, A.M. Prokhorov, K.N. Firsov: Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 17, 76–82 (1987)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    A.C. Hindmarsh: In Scientific Computing, ed. by R.S. Stepleman (North-Holland, Amsterdam 1983) pp. 55–64Google Scholar
  9. 8a.
    A.C. Hindmarsh: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, private communication (1990)Google Scholar
  10. 9.
    G.G. Baitsur, K.N. Firsov: Dynamic profiling of the electric field at the stage of formation of the volumetric self-sustained discharge — research and analysis of methods and capabilities. General Physics Institute, Moscow, Preprint No. 260 (1987) (in Russian)Google Scholar
  11. 10.
    R.A. Fitch, V.T.S. Howell: Proc. IEE 111, 849–855 (1964)Google Scholar
  12. 11.
    V.V. Apollonov, Yu.M. Vas'kovskii, M.I. Zhavoronkov, A.M. Prokhorov, R.E. Rovinskii, V.E. Rogalin, N.D. Ustinov, K.N. Firsov, I.S. Tsenina, V.A. Yamshchikov: Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 15, 1–3 (1985)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. E. BeverlyIII
    • 1
  1. 1.R.E. Beverly III and AssociatesWorthingtonUSA

Personalised recommendations