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Plasma Lasers Using Atomic and Atomic Ion Transitions

  • N. G. Basov
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Part of the The Lebedev Physics Institute Series book series (LPIS)

Abstract

The term plasma lasers [1] will be used here to denote oscillators or amplifiers which use a supercooled plasma as an active medium, that is, a plasma in which the temperature of the free electrons is substantially less than the equilibrium (corresponding to the electron and ion densities in the plasma) value. Left to itself, such a plasma will undergo volume recombination. An atomic level population distribution similar to that in a freely decaying plasma is also inherent in a plasma in which a specified level of ionization is. maintained with the aid of an auxiliary high-energy source (beam, short-wavelength radiation, etc.). Under such conditions it is customary to speak of a plasma which is supercooled or, equivalently, undergoing recombination relaxation (the term “superionized” is less often used).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. G. Basov
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  1. 1.P. N. Lebedev Physics InstituteAcademy of Sciences of the USSRMoscowUSSR

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