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Nuclear Pumped O2(1▵)-I2 Laser
Author(s): G. H. Miley; M. S. Zediker
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Paper Abstract

Neutrons from a pulsed Training Research Isotope Products General Atomics (TRIGA) research reactor are used to create nuclear reactions in a boron coating on the wall of an irradia-tiJn chamber that surrounds flowing oxygen. This generates high-energy ions that interact with the oxygen, producing the long-lived metastable, 02(1▵). Current experiments use 1 to 5 Torr of 02 in 100 to 200 Torr of Ar carrier gas. The 1.27-μm emission from 02(1▵) is monitored 8 meters from the excitation region and nearly 1 second after the reactor pulse (-10 msec wide). Results to date indicate 02;1M/02(3E) fractions obtained are well above the 17% required to invert iodine in a flowing transfer laser. The 02(1▵)-12 laser is of particular interest as a candidate driver for an inertial confinement fusion reactor. Since energy coupling between the pellet and driver occurs directly through neutrons, rela-tively high system efficiencies appear possible. Further, the long-lived 02(1▵) state provides the energy storage time (fractions of a second) needed between pellet implosions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 1983
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0335, Advanced Laser Technology and Applications, (31 March 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.933604
Show Author Affiliations
G. H. Miley, University of Illinois (United States)
M. S. Zediker, University of Illinois (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0335:
Advanced Laser Technology and Applications
Leon Esterowitz, Editor(s)

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