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Continuous Wave Chemical Laser Optical Diagnostics
Author(s): Steven L. Jarvis
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Paper Abstract

Evaluation of continuous wave chemical laser performance has been accomplished through the investigation of key operating parameters. Various optical diagnostics have been employed to measure output beam quality, jitter, spectral content, total power and power spectral density. Near- and far-field intensity distributions have been characterized. Flow field visualization systems to monitor index variations, small signal gain, and vibrational populations have been examined. Techniques utilizing grating rhombs, scanning spectrometers and infrared cameras will be discussed. Methods employing Fizeau interferometers, probe lasers and chemiluminescence spectroscopy will also be addressed. Data reduction and interpretation of results from these diagnostic techniques will be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 August 1978
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0138, Advances in Laser Technology III: Emphasizing Gaseous Lasers, (17 August 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956233
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Steven L. Jarvis, TRW Defense and Space Systems Group (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0138:
Advances in Laser Technology III: Emphasizing Gaseous Lasers
David Finkleman; Joseph Stregack, Editor(s)

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