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Arbitrary wave-form-pulsed power source for flash-lamp-pumped solid-state lasers

Arya, R and Joy, Thomas M and Bhujle, AG and Bhawalkar, DD (2000) Arbitrary wave-form-pulsed power source for flash-lamp-pumped solid-state lasers. In: Review of Scientific Instruments, 71 (6). pp. 2589-2597.

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An arbitrary wave-form-pulsed power source for driving pulsed flash lamps electrically to pump quasi-continuous-wave Nd:YAG lasers has been developed. It is based on a high-frequency switching converter as opposed to conventional pulse-forming network or linear power amplifier circuit-based pulse generators. The system can generate rectangular pulses through the flash lamp with fine adjustment in pulse parameters over a wide range. The system can also generate an arbitrary-shaped pulsed current within a bandwidth of 500 Hz. The design of the system and the results in the form of rectangular- and arbitrary-shaped pulsed-current wave forms with different pulse parameters are presented. In addition, a burst of consecutive pulses with different arbitrary shapes can also be generated as desired or as programed. The developed pulsed power source offers advantages of more flexibility in control and adjustment of output pulse parameters, arbitrary-shaped pulse generation, better efficiency, compactness, and higher reliability as compared to the pulsed power sources based on normal schemes. The electronic system developed is of immense value in studying the dependence of flash-lamp impedance, spectral output, and energy-transfer efficiency on pulse parameters as well as optimization of these parameters for use in various laser material processing applications.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Review of Scientific Instruments
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Institute of Physics.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > High Voltage Engineering (merged with EE)
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:48
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/15253

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