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Chemical problems of high-power sealed-off carbon monoxide lasers
Author(s): Vladislav S. Alejnikov; Victor I. Masychev; V. V. Karpetscki
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Paper Abstract

Principal chemical reactions in the electric discharge CO-laser plasma, preventing the efficiency and output power increase, are analyzed. It was found that the negative influence of CO2-impurity is manifested due to the picking of CO-molecule vibration energy by CO2 molecules and following fast V-T relaxation of these molecules. The density of CO-molecules in plasma can be reduced by conversion of these molecules into radiating molecules on the surface of the plasma-activated carbon. The applied technique provided the fast chemical reactions that preserve CO molecules in the plasma. The conversion of oxygen-bearing impurities on carbon surface is used for cleaning and maintaining the optimum laser mixture in sealed-off electric discharge CO-lasers featuring high-efficiency and linear power. This technique turned out to be effective for producing a high-power multibeam laser with long-term laser mixture quality up-keep and can be useful for powerful electric discharge CO-lasers operating at fast flowing and room temperature cooling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1412, Gas and Metal Vapor Lasers and Applications, (1 May 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43646
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Vladislav S. Alejnikov, Research and Production Association 'ISTOK' (Russia)
Victor I. Masychev, Research and Production Association 'ISTOK' (Russia)
V. V. Karpetscki, Research and Production Association 'ISTOK' (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1412:
Gas and Metal Vapor Lasers and Applications
Jin J. Kim; Frank K. Tittel, Editor(s)

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