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Output power enhancement of an amine-based all gas-phase iodine laser by addition of methane gas
Author(s): Taizo Masuda; Tomonari Nakamura; Masamori Endo
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Paper Abstract

Output power enhancement of an all gas-phase iodine laser (AGIL) by addition of hydrocarbon gases is studied. It is expected because hydrocarbon gases might scavenge Cl atoms, which are strong quencher of the upper state of the laser medium, I(2P1/2). In AGILs, suppression of the Cl atom concentration is the key to improving the efficiency of laser operation because Cl atoms are inherently generated by the self-annihilation of the energy donor, NCl(a1Δ). We found that the addition of CH4 gave the best results because of its high scavenging rate constant and inertness to I(2P1/2). An enhancement of 10% was observed in the output power when CH4 was added at a flow rate twice that of NCl3. On the other hand, when C2H4 or C2H2 were added at the same flow rate as that of CH4, the output power reduced despite their fast removal rate of Cl atoms. The reason for the reduced output power was that the unsaturated bonds scavenged not only the Cl atoms but also the H atoms, resulting in a low density of H atoms, and this decelerated the production of NCl(a1Δ). The observed laser characteristics could be reasonably explained by numerical model calculations.

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Date Published: 15 November 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7751, XVIII International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, 77510T (15 November 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.880234
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Taizo Masuda, Keio Univ. (Japan)
Tomonari Nakamura, Tokai Univ. (Japan)
Masamori Endo, Tokai Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7751:
XVIII International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers
Tanja Dreischuh; Petar A. Atanasov; Nikola V. Sabotinov, Editor(s)

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