Accession Number:

AD0731598

Title:

High Peak Power Gas Lasers,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT VALCARTIER QUEBEC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-01-18

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

The development of transversely excited atmospheric pressure TEA CO2 Lasers has led to the generation of multimegawatt laser pulses at 10.6 micrometers in simple laboratory prototypes. A discussion of the basic properties of these lasers is followed by the description of a number of different techniques that have been used to provide effective transverse excitation of lasers at low repetition rates. The basic technique used to increase the repetition rates to 1000 pulses per second PPS is described. Considering the simplicity of the technique and its low cost, it appears that in the not too distant future, pulse energies in the kilojoule region and pulse lengths of the order of one nanosecond will be practical. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE