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History of chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL) development in the USA
Author(s): Keith A. Truesdell; Charles A. Helms; Gordon D. Hager

Paper Abstract

This is an overview of the development of Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Laser (COIL) technology in the United States. Key technical developments will be reviewed, beginning in 1960 and culminating in 1977 with the first COIL lasing demonstration at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory (now the Phillips Laboratory). The discussion will then turn to subsonic laser development, supersonic lasing demonstration and efficiency improvements, and finishing with a brief discussion of some spin off COIL technologies. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the O2 (1(Delta) ) generator and O2-I2 mixing nozzle technologies evolved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 1995
PDF: 21 pages
Proc. SPIE 2502, Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers: Tenth International Symposium, (31 March 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.204917
Show Author Affiliations
Keith A. Truesdell, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Charles A. Helms, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)
Gordon D. Hager, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2502:
Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers: Tenth International Symposium
Willy L. Bohn; Helmut Huegel, Editor(s)

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