Theoretical Studies of High Energy Pulsed CO2 Lasers,
ARMY MISSILE COMMAND REDSTONE ARSENAL ALA
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Pulsed CO2 lasers are receiving considerable attention at the US Army Missile Command because of their advantages over cw lasers. Theoretical studies of laser kinetic processes, together with a new pressure scaling method developed in-house, have led to the development of a useful mathematical model for electron-beam-controlled CO2 lasers which shows close agreement with experimental observations. The model has indicated that energies approaching 80 joulesliter-atm are possible. The current goal of a 10-kJpulse laser is realizable in a 200 liter-atm laser is realizable in a 200 liter-atm laser structure.
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