High-frequency repetitively pulsed operating regime in high-power wide-aperture lasers

A technique for obtaining a repetitively pulsed operating regime in high-power wide-aperture lasers is proposed and experimentally realised. In this regime, the laser emits a train of pulses with a duration of 0.1 — 1 μs and a pulse repetition rate of several tens of kilohertz. The main properties of the pulsed regime are theoretically analysed and the proposed technique is tested in detail employing a test-bench gas-dynamic laser. The results of the test confirmed the conclusions of the theoretical analysis. The possibility of realising a repetitively pulsed regime in high-power wide-aperture lasers without a reduction in the average output power is experimentally demonstrated.