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10-Hz kilowatt-class dye laser system
Author(s): Daniel E. Klimek; Henry R. Aldag
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Paper Abstract

Textron Defense Systems (Formerly Avco Research Laboratory) has developed a kilowatt class dye laser. The device is a transverse flow, flashlamp pumped laser that operates at greater than 100 Joules per pulse, and at a repetition rate up to 10 Hz. Operating at 10 Hz, an average power of 1.04 kW was obtained at 585 nm using rhodamine 590 in a methanol/water solvent mixture. The output power was increased to 1.4 kW by adding the triplet quencher cyclooctatetraene to the solution. Under these conditions, the measured efficiency (average laser pulse energy/energy stored in flashlamp capacitors) was 1.8%. A limited series of experiments using alternative dyes was also carried out. Comparable energies and average powers were obtained at 610 nm using rhodamine 610, and 660 nm using sulforhodamine 640.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1871, Intense Laser Beams and Applications, (6 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.145206
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel E. Klimek, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Henry R. Aldag, Textron Defense Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1871:
Intense Laser Beams and Applications
William E. McDermott, Editor(s)

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