Multiple glow discharges have been studied and both electrode and
aerodynamic techniques investigated to enable operation of a large
volume high power glow discharge to excite a high power C02 laser. A
wide range of electrode configurations was investigated and the
advantages of using multiple anodes with large surface area multiple
cathodes determined. [Continues.]
A doctoral thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.