A short arc type super high pressure discharge lamp has a pair of
electrodes, a light emitting portion in which greater than 0.15
mg/mm.sup.3 of mercury is enclosed, and sealing portions provided on both
sides of the light emitting portion, wherein at least one of the pair of
electrodes has a thick portion which extends into one of the sealing
portions and a coil is wound around the thick portion in the one of the
sealing portion via a gap.