Pulser-sustained glow discharge (PSD) is used as an active medium in gas-transport electric-discharge industrial CO2 lasers (power range 1-40 kW CW or time average). The PSD method has been suggested by Reilly1 and Hill,2 and considerable practical results were reported by Shashkov et al.,3 Seguin et al.,1-5 and Generalov et al.,6 PSD technique is treated as an alternative for the well-known electron beam-sustained glow discharge.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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