The coupled variation of power density with gas density in a nuclear-pumped laser, which is excited by He-3(n,p)H-3 reaction products, is considered. In the literature, volumetric excitation by reaction products of He-3(n,p)H-3 is only considered for the case in which gas density is uniform and does not change during the pumping. In this work, a time-dependent model describing the coupled fluid dynamic and particle transport behaviour of the gas has been developed. In modelling charge particle transport behaviour, a previously reported energy deposition model for a constant gas density is extended for a variable gas density by taking into account variations in the particle range, macroscopic cross sections and neutron flux depending on density field of the gas. The coupled equations, which are obtained by using the power deposition density expression obtained for variable gas density in the acoustically filtered equations of motion of the gas, are solved numerically. Spatial and temporal variations of power deposition density and gas density during the pumping pulse are determined for various operating pressures ranging from 0.5 to 10 atm. In the calculations, the characteristics of I.T.U TRIGA Mark-II Reactor are used and it is assumed that laser tube is placed in the centre of the reactor core. Obtained results are presented and examined. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.