Accession Number : ADD016288

Title :   Pulse Discharge Laser with Passive Arc Protection.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 30 Sep 92, patented 8 Mar 94,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Bashkansky, Mark ; Wexler, Bernard L

Report Date : 08 Mar 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : A pulse discharge laser is provided having a pair of electrodes disposed within a laser chamber pressurized with a high-pressure gas. A preionizer generator intermittently produces preionization energy to preionize the high pressure gas in the laser chamber. A pulse forming network intermittently supplies a ramping voltage to the pair of electrodes. When the high pressure gas in the laser chamber is not properly preionized by the preionization energy a damaging arc may occur and lasing will not occur by discharge of the ramping voltage on the electrodes. A passive electrode arc protector is provided connected across the pair of laser electrodes to discharge the ramping voltage across the electrodes when the high pressure gas is not properly preionized to protect the laser electrodes from a damaging arc between them.

Descriptors :   *PULSED LASERS, *PATENTS, *GAS LASERS, ELECTRODES, GENERATORS, HIGH PRESSURE, LASERS, PRESSURE, PULSES, VOLTAGE, GAS DISCHARGES, IONIZATION

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE