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An optically pumped iodine laser amplifier Billing, Martyn Kenneth

Abstract

The design process of an optically pumped amplifier for a CF₃I photodissoelation laser is described. In particular, a preamplifier is designed to amplify a 100 mJ laser pulse of 1 ns. duration which, by natural divergence, is contained in a beam of 2.5 cms diameter. Experimental studies of the sub-system of this preamplifier and the associated diagnostics are described. The operation of the preamplifier as part of the total laser system is discussed and suggestions are offered for the ongoing development of the device at the University of British Columbia.

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