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Title: Recirculating wedges for metal-vapor plasma tubes

A metal vapor laser is disclosed that recycles condensed metal located at the terminal ends of a plasma tube back toward the center of the tube. A pair of arcuate wedges are incorporated on the bottom of the plasma tube near the terminal ends. The wedges slope downward toward the center so that condensed metal may be transported under the force of gravity away from the terminal ends. The wedges are curved to fit the plasma tube to thereby avoid forming any gaps within the tube interior.
Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [1]
  1. (Livermore, CA)
  2. (Modesto, CA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
869378
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) LLNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5325391
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
recirculating; wedges; metal-vapor; plasma; tubes; metal; vapor; laser; disclosed; recycles; condensed; located; terminal; tube; center; pair; arcuate; incorporated; bottom; near; slope; downward; transported; force; gravity; curved; fit; avoid; forming; gaps; interior; plasma tube; vapor laser; metal vapor; vapor plasma; condensed metal; void forming; /372/