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LIGHTNING IN A TEST TUBE

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LIGHTNING IN A TEST TUBE YIELDS WHITE AND ULTRAVIOLET LASER LIGHT

     Since man has walked the face of the earth, one of the most pronounced forces in nature is that of lightning. A thunderbolt can be very destructive, deadly, and fearsome. 

         Now, in a laboratory at ELK Industries, the essence of such a force is contained in a vessel, similar to a test tube. This vessel, referred to as a Plasma Chamber, well known in the field of LASERS, has basic, yet advanced features. It produces Ultra-Short LASER pulses (less than 1 nanosecond in duration), and, in the visible spectrum as well as in the ultraviolet region. These pulses have been repetitiously pulsed from one up to 416 times per second. The attributes of lightning are seen in the varied spectral content. Although, in this arrangement, the propagation of light is designed to be direction filtered into a linear path for the discharge of energy in the form of a LASER beam. 

        Mr. Elkins began his quest for taming such enormous energy into this form back in 1978. However, many were the challenges which had to be overcome in order to achieve the desired result. These hurdles include the troubleshooting of High Voltage and High Power circuits. In addition, there were expensive lessons to be learned about the failure of capacitors employed in the design. Finally, late in the summer of 2015, everything came together exceedingly well, with operation which is consistent and reliable. The complete system operates from ordinary household current. 

       An advantage of the system is the economics of the design. It can now be fabricated at a low cost. Another feature is it's long lifetime. Plasma Chambers built over 10 Years ago still perform their task flawlessly. The assembly is now rendered simple and straightforward. In Illustration A, You can see the Plasma Chamber in operation, producing ultraviolet emissions. Plasma Chambers of 7 cm, 30 cm (1 foot), and 1 meter lengths have been built, and successfully tested.

      Investigation into the spectral content of the output brought about a couple of surprises. One, completely unexpected upshot, is the strong emission of light at 495 nm. This emission, in the Blue- Green spectrum, can be very useful in penetrating the earth's atmosphere, for example, or water, for that matter, also. In Illustration B, You can see the broadband visible (white light) output projected onto a viewing card. On the Graph C, is a spectrophotometer recording of the broadband visible output of the LASER. 

        Because of the short, sharp, pulse duration for any given output pulse, it holds innovative advantages in AVLIDAR (Advanced Visible LASER Radar). The relatively high pulse repetition rate allows for precise time control over the pulses, increasing the opportunities for it's use, especially in communications via LASER, and WDM (Wavelength Division Modulation).

      Of key importance are the ultraviolet emissions. In the the Illustration D, You can see the output of the LASER projected onto an ultraviolet viewing card, which glows bright orange in the presence of ultraviolet radiation. The output pulses can be adjusted such that they are rich in the ultraviolet, with peak emissions at 250 nm, 315 nm, 337 nm, and 357 nm (see Graph E). They constitute a source easily capable of exciting Dye LASERS. Tests were performed specifically attributable to this application. Super-Radiant Emissions were observed with (example) Dye Liquid , consisting of Rhodamine 590 Chloride (LASER Dye) in a solution, using Ethanol as the solvent. This is believed to be the result of the (very high) peak power of the LASER which is due to the short pulse duration. Peak power is the inverse of pulse duration for any given pulse energy. Another observation, is that the Dye emissions increased significantly in average power when visible wavelengths are present. An emission peak at 495 nm provides a suitable pump source for the stimulation of LASER emissions from this LASER Dye, because there is sufficient excitation energy contained in the pulse to exceed the (Dye) LASER threshold.

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Mr. Robin Elkins is most well known as the Father of Voicemail for his Audio Storage and Distribution System. There are many notable licensees of his technology, including IBM, DEC, WANG, ATT SONY, Microsoft, SIEMENS, Fujitsu, Harris/Dictaphone, Northern Telecom, and a host of other companies. He has been issued several US Patents including Optical Elements for LASERS, Analog to Digital Converter, Anti-Theft Equipment, Battery Charging Method, and Semiconductor Lighting. A longstanding member of the IEEE, and their Photonics Society, The engineer/scientist has
completed programs in LASER and Optics from MIT, and Georgia Tech.

ELK Industries, LLC is a certified LASER and electronics company for over 30 Years. Their
product lines include CW and pulsed LASER sources, such as Nd:YAG, Ruby, Dye, and semiconductor
LASERS.