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The use of surface corona discharges to excite high-pressure gas-lasers

D. J. Brink, H. M. von Bergmann
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 1, No 2 | a1149 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v1i2.1149 | © 1982 D. J. Brink, H. M. von Bergmann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 March 1982 | Published: 25 March 1982

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D. J. Brink,, South Africa
H. M. von Bergmann,, South Africa

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Abstract

A stabilization technique for the production of homogeneous gas discharge at high pressures has been developed. The technique is based on photo-pre-ionization from a corona-type surface-discharge. It was possible to develop a number of laser systems based on this stabilization principle, which exceeded the performance of conventional systems in many respects. This paper provides a summary of the most important properties and principles of the surface discharges. Four laser systems utilizing this stabilization method are also discussed.

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