We are pursuing a new approach to large aperture electrooptical switching which utilizes transparent plasma electrodes.1 A thin electrooptical material is exposed to a glow discharge plasma on each face. The plasma acts as a transparent conductive coating allowing uniform charging of each surface to the required potential. Thus high-aspect-ratio electrooptic cells can be constructed for high-powerlaser applications such as inertial confinement fusion.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

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