Relation Between Discharge Length and Laser Pulse Characteristics in Longitudinally Excited CO2 Laser

  • Kazuyuki Uno
  • Kazuma Dobashi
  • Tetsuya Akitsu
  • Takahisa Jitsuno
Article

Abstract

A longitudinally excited CO2 laser pumped by a fast discharge emits a short laser pulse, similarly to TEA and Q-switched CO2 lasers. We investigated the relation between the discharge length and the laser pulse characteristics to develop a longitudinally excited CO2 laser producing a high spike laser pulse. We examined discharge lengths of 30, 45, and 60 cm, using the same mirrors and the same excitation circuit with the same input energy. A longer discharge length increased the discharge volume and improved the laser output energy. However, the longer discharge length caused a long discharge formation time (a slow fall time of the discharge voltage) due to the higher discharge impedance, which resulted in a long laser pulse tail. Therefore, the longitudinally excited CO2 laser had optimum conditions for obtaining a high spike laser pulse effectively.

Keywords

Longitudinal excitation CO2 laser Fast discharge Laser pulse shape 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuyuki Uno
    • 1
  • Kazuma Dobashi
    • 1
  • Tetsuya Akitsu
    • 1
  • Takahisa Jitsuno
    • 2
  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and EngineeringUniversity of YamanashiKofuJapan
  2. 2.Institute of Laser EngineeringOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan

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