Abstract

A fluctuation-free mercury arc lamp for the pumping of a cw alexandrite laser is reported. Thermal insulation of a cathode of the lamp permits 4-kW fully vaporized direct-current operation. Fluctuations owing to the pool of liquid mercury in conventional lamp tubes is completely avoided. A 17-W, cw alexandrite laser pumped by the newly developed lamp is described.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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