Study of laser vaporization of mercury: application to the energy enhancement of a VUV coherent source
Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers, Institut Galilée, CNRS/Université Paris 13, 99 avevue Jean-Baptiste Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse, France
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We developed a reliable and convenient source of coherent pulsed radiation at 125 nm obtained by resonant four-wave-mixing in a mercury vapour. Recently, we improved the yield of the source by using a pulsed laser to create an ablation plume of mercury atoms, in which the nonlinear mixing takes place with increased efficiency. We discuss here the characteristics of the plume created by mercury vaporization, in relation to the energy source enhancement.
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