Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

John D. Williams

Committee Member

Lingze Duan

Committee Member

Richard L. Fork


Solid states lasers., Semiconductory diodes., Gas lasers., Xenon.


The pursuit of novel, hybrid methods of achieving lasing from the rare gases has recently been a topic of interest in the field of high energy laser systems. This investigation presents the construction and execution of an experimental setup designed to generate metastable xenon (Xe*) to determine its potential to perform as a high power laser gain medium in a similar capacity as the alkali metals in Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers. A capacitively coupled radio frequency discharge was used to light plasma from naturally abundant xenon, thus exciting the 6s[3/2]2 metastable state. The metastable xenon was probed with a tunable diode laser at 882.2 and 904.8 nanometers, and absorption was detected to verify the presence of Xe* atoms. The absorption profiles are reported with in-depth calculations of the isotope shift and hyperfine structure of each absorption line. Preliminary calculations for the properties of the proposed laser system are also presented.



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