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Experimental study of a small scale COIL using a jet type generator of singlet oxygen
Author(s): Salman Rosenwaks; I. Blayvas; Boris D. Barmashenko; Dov Furman; Marsel V. Zagidullin
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Paper Abstract

We report on studies of a 5 cm gain length chemical oxygen- iodine laser (COIL) energized by a jet-type singlet oxygen generator (JSOG) are presented. For 10 mmole/s of Cl2 flow rate, output power of 132 W with chemical efficiency of 14.5% were obtained without a water vapor trap. One-hundred-sixty- three watts and 18% were achieved when cooled (173 K) He was introduced downstream of the JSOG; under these conditions the small signal gain was estimated to be 0.32% cm-1. Wattage of 190 and 10.5% were obtained for 20 mmole/s of Cl2 flow rate. Replacing He by N2 as a buffer gas resulted in a 13% power decrease only. The main key for increasing the chemical efficiency of a COIL without a water vapor trap for a given iodine-oxygen mixing system is found to be high oxygen pressure and low water vapor pressure inside the reaction zone of the JSOG. The last goal was achieved by optimizing the composition and temperature of the basic hydrogen peroxide solution (BHP). The experimental results are discussed and related to the composition and flow conditions of the gaseous reactants and of the BHP. We also report on preliminary results of efficient COIL operation without primary buffer gas using rectangular nozzles with iodine injection in the throat.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 1997
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3092, XI International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, (4 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.270165
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Salman Rosenwaks, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
I. Blayvas, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Boris D. Barmashenko, Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Dov Furman, Ben Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Marsel V. Zagidullin, P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3092:
XI International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference
Denis R. Hall; Howard J. Baker, Editor(s)

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