Hydrogen Fluoride Laser Technology Study
Technical rept. 22 Mar-22 Oct 1971
TRW SYSTEMS GROUP REDONDO BEACH CA
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This report presents an in-depth discussion of performance and diagnostic testing of the TRW versions of all-chemical, combustion driven hydrogen-fluorine lasers. Emphasis is placed on engineering principles of combustorinjector operation and design performance testing spectroscopic measurements and infrared mapping of excited and ground-state molecular concentrations in the laser cavity flow field and fluid mechanical observations of the flow field. The exceptionally high quality of the data has permitted several distinct and significant conclusions concerning the nature of the flow field and has indicated the direction for future chemical laser research. A sufficiently in-depth discussion is presented which may serve as a point of departure for future chemical laser technology efforts.
- Lasers and Masers