Lasing in alkali atoms pumped by the dissociation of alkali-rare gas exciplexes (excimers)

J. D. Readle, C. J. Wagner, J. T. Verdeyen, D. L. Carroll, J. G. Eden

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Lasing on the 6 2P 1/2→6 2S 1/2 (D 1) resonance transition of atomic Cs at 894.3 nm has been demonstrated in mixtures of Ar, ethane, and Cs vapor by the photoexcitation of ground state Cs-Ar collision pairs and subsequent dissociation of diatomic, electronically-excited CsAr molecules (exciplexes or excimers). The blue satellites of the alkali D 2 lines provide a pathway for optically pumping atomic alkali lasers on the principal series (resonance) transitions with broad linewidth (>2 nm) semiconductor diode lasers. In this paper we discuss different variations of this new laser system and the xperiments of the initial demonstration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number71960D
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2009
EventHigh Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications III - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 26 2009Jan 27 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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