Investigation of the spatial profile of stimulated Raman scattering beams in D2 and H2 gases using a pulsed ND: YAG laser at 266 nm

S. Tzortzakis, G. Tsaknakis, A. Papayannis, A. A. Serafetinides

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Abstract

The stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) beam spatial mode structure is studied in H2 and D2 gases, in a 60 cm-long high-pressure Raman cell, using a pulsed Nd: YAG laser at 266 nm. The conversion efficiencies of the first and second Stokes in H2, D2 and H 2/D2 mixtures have been measured precisely in the 1-14 atm range. The SRS beam profiles were recorded for different gas pressures in the high-pressure Raman cell and interesting behaviour is revealed. Homogeneous SRS spatial profiles were obtained only for pressures higher than 7 atm. For lower pressures the profiles are either in the form of a ring or of a more complicated shape. The results are explained in terms of nonlinear self-focusing processes during the pump beam propagation in the Raman cell. Also, from our measurements, a more precise value of the nonlinear index of refraction for the H2 and D2 at 266 nm is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-75
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
Volume79
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2004

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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