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Modeling The CF4 Laser
Author(s): C. W. Patterson; R. S. McDowell; B. J. Krohn; N. G. Nereson
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Paper Abstract

The CO2-pumped CF4 laser is a potentially useful source of line-tunable infrared radiation in the region 605-655 cm 1, and the spectroscopy of CF4 has been carried to the point that the laser frequencies that will result from any given pump line can be calculated to better than 0.01 cm 1. We now report quantitative intensity and line-broadening studies on CF4 and their application to modeling the laser gain. First, absorption measurements on isolated lines in the ν2 + ν4 pump band at a series of pressures yield an effective transition dipole moment for this band of 0.010 Debye. At the same time the transition moment for the (ν2 + ν4) - ν2 laser band has been calculated and agrees well with the results of laser self-absorption measurements. Finally, linewidths determined as a function of pressure yield a pressure-broadening coefficient of ca. 10 MHz/torr, significantly greater than that expected from a hard-sphere gas-kinetic model. From these data the gain of the CF4 laser can be calculated at various pressures and temperatures; the results are in reasonable agreement with measured values.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1981
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932044
Show Author Affiliations
C. W. Patterson, University of California (United States)
R. S. McDowell, University of California (United States)
B. J. Krohn, University of California (United States)
N. G. Nereson, University of California (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0288:
Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81
Donald H. Liebenberg, Editor(s)

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