Multiple Gas E Beam Pumped Lasers
Original Publication Date: 1978-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-20
Higher efficiency may be achieved in relativistic electron (E)-beam pumped longitudinal gas lasers by using more than one type of gas. In one embodiment, the gaseous laser medium is a mixture of gases containing a high molecular mass gas component to generate high self-electrostatic and magnetic fields in the gas mixture for more efficient beam transport. Two unmixed gaseous mediums may also be sequentially pulsed into a foilless anode laser in order that the first gaseous medium may be optimized for E-beam launching while the second gaseous medium may be optimized for desired laser action.