Applied Physics B

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 405–410 | Cite as

The effect of preionization electron number density on avalanche completion time

Contributed Papers

Abstract

Laser output of discharge excimer lasers is related to the avalanche completion timetA. The important role of preionization electron number densityne(0) in reducingtA is then considered. A simple two-stage model is proposed to describe the electron avalanche process under marginalE/n conditions. The theoretical predictions according to the two stage model are in good agreement with the experiments. That vigorous preionization is critical to stable operation of large aperture, high pressure discharge devices is concluded.

PACS

42.55.G 52.80.H 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Lo
    • 1
  1. 1.Space Power Inc.San JoseUSA

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