Abstract

Subnanosecond-pulse generation has been achieved in a UV preionized transverse-discharge XeCl laser by means of a direct active mode-locking technique by using an acousto-optic loss modulator in a novel configuration of the laser cavity. The pulse width was measured to be 660 psec, which was near the detection limit. This gave a pulse width of less than 500 psec when the response time of the detection system was taken into account.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

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