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Electron-beam sustained discharge in oxygen gas mixtures: singlet delta oxygen production for oxygen-iodine laser
Author(s): Mikhail P. Frolov; Gordon D. Hager; Andrei A. Ionin; Yurii M. Klimachev; Igor V. Kochetov; Andrei A. Kotkov; John K. McIver; Anatolii P. Napartovich; Yurii P. Podmar'kov; Leonid V. Seleznev; Dmitrii V. Sinitsyn; Nikolai P. Vagin; Nikolay N. Yuryshev
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Paper Abstract

Electric properties and spectroscopy of an e-beam sustained discharge (EBSD) in oxygen and oxygen gas mixtures at gas pressure up to 100 Torr were experimentally studied. The pulsed discharge in pure oxygen and its mixtures with noble gases was shown to be very unstable and characterized by low input energy. When adding small amount of carbon monoxide or hydrogen, the electric stability of the discharge increases, specific input energy (SIE) per molecular component being more than order of magnitude higher and coming up to 6.5 kJ/(l atm) for gas mixture O2:Ar:CO = 1:1:0.1. The results of experiments on spectroscopy of the singlet delta oxygen O2(a1Δg)(SDO) and O2(b1Σg+) states in the EBSD are presented. The calibration of the optical scheme for measuring the SDO absolute concentration and yield using the detection of luminescence of the SDO going from a chemical SDO generator was done. The preliminary measurement of the SDO yield demonstrated that it was ~3% for the SIE of ~1 kJ/(l atm), which is close to the results of theoretical calculations for such a SIE. Theoretical calculations demonstrated that for the SIE of 6.5 kJ/(l atm) the SDO yield may reach ~20% exceeding its threshold value needed for oxygen-iodine laser operation at room temperature, although a part of the energy loaded into the EBSD goes into the vibrational energy of the molecular admixture, (which was experimentally demonstrated by launching a CO laser operating on an oxygen-rich mixture O2:Ar:CO = 1:1:0.1 and measuring its small-signal gain).

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2004
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5448, High-Power Laser Ablation V, (20 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.547117
Show Author Affiliations
Mikhail P. Frolov, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
Gordon D. Hager, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Andrei A. Ionin, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
Yurii M. Klimachev, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
Igor V. Kochetov, Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (Russia)
Andrei A. Kotkov, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
John K. McIver, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Anatolii P. Napartovich, Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (Russia)
Yurii P. Podmar'kov, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
Leonid V. Seleznev, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
Dmitrii V. Sinitsyn, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
Nikolai P. Vagin, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
Nikolay N. Yuryshev, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5448:
High-Power Laser Ablation V
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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