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Coupled chemical lasers
Author(s): W. Pete Latham
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Paper Abstract

A compact, repetitively pulsed HF chemical laser, built with a gas recirculator loop to cool and process the gas mixture is described. A simple corona phototriggered discharge is used to produce vibrationally excited HF molecules at typical pressures of 90-150 Torr. This laser produced over 5 J per pulse in single- shot operation, and a maximum average power of 500 W. at a repetition rate of 110 Hz. The electrical efficiency is 3%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 1993
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 1810, 9th International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers, (4 May 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.144644
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W. Pete Latham, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1810:
9th International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers
Costas Fotakis; Costas Kalpouzos; Theodore G. Papazoglou, Editor(s)

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