A coaxial e-beam excitation system for high power excimer lasers

G.L. Oomen, W.J. Witteman

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We report the successful operation of a medium scale, high current density (230 A/cm2) coaxial e-beam device for excimer laser pumping. Construction, input energy, and output energy are described. Compared with a one-sided transversal system the specific input energy is more than three times higher. This is attributed to the absence of a foil support structure, a better concentration of the energy into the gain volume, and an extra contribution of electrons reflected by the potential field. Moreover, we showed that at high current densities a laser efficiency of about 10% can be obtained and a specific output of 24 J/ℓ
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)461-466
JournalOptics communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1980


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