For the first time, a Mather-type dense plasma focus (MDPF) is successfully operated as an optical pump for lasers. Rhodamine-6G dye is optically pumped using the MDPF fluorescence, producing a laser pulse 1 mu s in duration and more than 50 kw in output power. No optimization is attempted either of the laser cavity or of the lasing medium concentration and volume. A brief description of the experimental setup is presented, along with a summary and discussion of the results. The advantages of the present optical pump source, and their implications for the pumping of short-wavelength lasers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2795-2796
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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