The Iodine Laser, a High Power Gas Laser
According to the present level of the theoretical knowledge plasmas can be heated to fusion conditions by lasers which can deliver an energy of about 10 kJ within 0.1 nsec. Along with the Nd-gas lasers, the HF-, and the CO2 laser the photochemically pumped iodine laser is one of the systems which has the potential to meet these conditions. To begin with we present the principal mechanisms of the I laser. Then we shall discuss whether it will be possible to generate short pulses. The following section deals with the generation of the inversion, the storage of energy, and the possibilities of extracting this energy from the system in one pulse. Finally we shall present a first approach to scaling laws and a short description of our experimental setup. This experiment has been designed for 100 Joule — 1 nsec pulses.
KeywordsQuartz Dust Argon Iodine Helium
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