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Design Of CO-02 Recombination Catalysts For Closed-Cycle CO2 Lasers
Author(s): K. Guinn; S. Goldblum; E. Noskowski; R. Herz
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Paper Abstract

Pulsed CO2 lasers have many applications in aeronautics, space research, weather monitoring and other areas. Full exploitation of the potential of these lasers is hampered by the dissociation of CO2 that occurs during laser operation. The development of closed-cycle CO2 lasers requires active CO-02 recombination (CO oxidation) catalysts and design methods for implementation of catalysts inside lasers. This paper will discuss the performance criteria and constraints involved in the design of monolith catalyst configurations for use in a closed-cycle laser and will present a design study performed with a computerized design program that we have written. Trade-offs between catalyst activity and dimensions, flow channel dimensions, pressure drop, O2 conversion and other variables will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1062, Laser Applications in Meteorology and Earth and Atmospheric Remote Sensing, (25 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951872
Show Author Affiliations
K. Guinn, University of California at San Diego (United States)
S. Goldblum, University of California at San Diego (United States)
E. Noskowski, University of California at San Diego (United States)
R. Herz, University of California at San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1062:
Laser Applications in Meteorology and Earth and Atmospheric Remote Sensing
Martin M. Sokoloski, Editor(s)

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