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Combustion Driven Gas Dynamic CO2 Lasers
Author(s): Edward T. Gerry
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Paper Abstract

The basic principles behind the operation of the thermally pumped CO2 gas dynamic laser are developed. Experimentally demonstrated performance is compared to theoretical upper limits and approaches for performance improvement toward these limits are reviewed. Relative efficiency and utility vis-a-vis electrically pumped CO2 lasers are discussed. Investigations towards a thermally pumped laser based on the HCl molecule are reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 1976
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0076, Ultra High Power Lasers for Practicable Applications, (21 July 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.954764
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Edward T. Gerry, W. J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0076:
Ultra High Power Lasers for Practicable Applications
LeRoy E. Wilson, Editor(s)

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