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Kinetic studies of the autodecomposition of NCI3
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 study the auto-decomposition of NCl3. This process could result in a new type of chemical laser that would not need a combustor. We present the results of experiments 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 the ABL program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6346, XVI International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, 63460K (8 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.738069
Show Author Affiliations
William E. McDermott, Univ. of Denver Research Institute (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. 6346:
XVI International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers

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