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Translational And Rotational Nonequilibrium Effects In CW Chemical Lasers
Author(s): Harold Mirels
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Paper Abstract

A flame sheet model is presented which describes continuous wave (cw) HF/DF chemical laser performance and includes the effects of translational and rotational nonequilibrium. The model is then simplified by the realistic assumption that translational and rotational relaxation rates are fast compared with convection, chemical pumping, and collisional deactivation rates. It is also assumed that the homogeneous width Δvh is small compared with the Doppler width Δvd. The resultant system of equations is independent of rotational relaxation. Amplifier and oscillator solutions are discussed. It is concluded that a reasonable first estimate for cw HF/DF chemical laser performance can be obtained by assuming rotational equilibrium and translational nonequilibrium.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 1989
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1031, 7th Intl Symp on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers, (20 June 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.950529
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Harold Mirels, The Aerospace Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1031:
7th Intl Symp on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers

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