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Title: Elements of a 200 watt pulsed excimer laser
Author: McDuff, Glen
ISNI:       0000 0001 3623 9089
Awarding Body: University of St Andrews
Current Institution: University of St Andrews
Date of Award: 1998
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This thesis describes the theoretical and experimental investigation into many aspects of circuit and component design for high average power short pulse systems. The primary objective of this work is to develop both circuit design criteria and pulsed components for long life rare gas halide lasers. A pulsed system consists of three major components, energy storage, switches, and load. This investigation considers the type of circuit which uses capacitive energy storage in combination with a closing switch to transfer electrical power to a load. Specific loads are not addressed but the implications of load characteristics that affect circuit/component design and life are considered. The investigation reported, describes the physical and electrical characteristics and analysis of phenomena that adversely affect the performance and life of pulse duty components. In the area of capacitive storage, lifetimes of one particular design was improved by 3 orders of magnitude and a means of detecting the imminent failure of oil filled capacitors was devised and patented. In the area of switching, methods are described by which hydrogen thyratrons can be operated in parallel with equal current sharing without the need for inductive or resistive ballasting. Finally, the design and testing of a 200 watt XeCl laser modulator is presented.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: TK7871.35M4 ; Gas lasers