Abstract

Modest-energy-density KrF laser radiation has been used to provide uniform preionization in a 5-atm, 2.5 × 2.5-cm2 XeCl discharge. With ~1 mJ/cm2 of KrF radiation and the utilization of benzene additives at the level of a few parts in 106, an initial ionization density of ~107 cm−3 is produced. The technique is scalable to large volumes and provides an effective means of controlling the preionization conditions.

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