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HF overtone chemical laser technology
Author(s): Bruce Rusty Graves; William Anthony Duncan; Stanley P. Patterson; Gordon N. Yonehara; John Waypa
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes an effort in which a new generation of HF/DF/HF-OT laser nozzle technology has been developed. Among its objectives is to demonstrate scalability in intermediate laser module size through the Overtone Research Advanced Chemical Laser (ORACL), demonstrate a high power HF Overtone device that can operate in the HF fundamental and DF modes, and to demonstrate uncooled resonator optics at each level. The advancement in the laser nozzle technology improves the laser power density (kW/cm2), improves the laser specific power (kW/kJ reactant) and simplifies manufacturing, An intermediate sized module has been completed, called ORACL, that could serve is a water cooled laser workhorse along with its associated uncooled optics for the resonator. An operational concept for a regeneratively gas cooled module has been analyzed an is ready for design. This paper will specifically discuss the design, completion and availability of the ORACL module along with its associated uncooled optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2702, Gas and Chemical Lasers, (29 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.236890
Show Author Affiliations
Bruce Rusty Graves, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)
William Anthony Duncan, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)
Stanley P. Patterson, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)
Gordon N. Yonehara, TRW, Inc. (United States)
John Waypa, TRW, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2702:
Gas and Chemical Lasers
Robert C. Sze, Editor(s)

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