The main disadvantage of a conventional flashlamp is its explosion energy limit which prevents high-energy loading. The explosion limit of a flashlamp is determined by the geometry of the lamp and the duration of the pulse. An experimental investigation has shown that the explosion limit is proportional to the cross section of the lamp bore and to the square root of the current pulse duration.1 Therefore, the electrical energy handling capability of the conventional flashlamp is less for shorter pulse pumping.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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