Abstract

The way in which a cascade mechanism from the C3u state affects the population of the υ = 0 level of the B3g state in a N2 laser is studied. The spectra of the 0–1 IR laser band are fit by using simple theoretical calculations that account for the population of the three laser levels involved, C3u, B3g, and A3u+ and two excitation mechanisms, direct electron impact and cascade. The inhibition of the 0–0 UV laser band showed a strong influence on the 0–1 IR laser band output.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

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