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The auto-decomposition of NCl3 as a source of NCl(a)
Author(s): William E. McDermott; Boris Nizamov; Thomas Henshaw; Zane Lambert
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Paper Abstract

The NCl-I laser has been demonstrated using HN3 as a fuel with a combustor to produce chlorine atoms. In this paper, we discuss the possibility of producing NCl(a1Δ) from the auto-decomposition of NCl3. This would eliminate the requirement for a combustor. We present the results of experiments and kinetic modeling designed to understand the basic physical processes in this system. The NCl-I laser operates using only gaseous species, eliminating the need for heterogeneous gas liquid reactions such as used in COIL chemical lasers. The lasing species is the same as in COIL, simplifying the scaling process since many optical, tracking and propagation problems have been demonstrated in other programs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6101, Laser Beam Control and Applications, 610120 (23 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.659673
Show Author Affiliations
William E. McDermott, Univ. of Denver (United States)
Boris Nizamov, Directed Energy Solutions (United States)
Thomas Henshaw, Directed Energy Solutions (United States)
Zane Lambert, Directed Energy Solutions (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6101:
Laser Beam Control and Applications
Steven J. Davis; Alexis V. Kudryashov; Adolf Giesen; Detlef Nickel; Michael C. Heaven; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko; J. Thomas Schriempf, Editor(s)

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