Electron Beam Molecular Lasers
Semi-annual technical rept. 15 Mar-15 Nov 1972
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES NORTHWEST INC BELLEVUE WA
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An experimental and theoretical study has been initiated on the application of electron-beam-stabilized electrical discharges to the excitation of infrared laser emission from HF and DF molecules. Electric discharge pumping of H2 or D2 vibration is used together with near-resonant V-V transfer to HF or DF. Initial experimental observations of HF fluorescence and absorption in argon, hydrogen, hydrogen fluoride mixtures at 0.25 atm and room temperature confirm the basic principles involved. An additional task was carried out under this contract to evaluate the possibility of generating long duration, high energy density laser pulses on various molecules, particularly CO2. Measurements were made of optical disturbances induced by the electrical discharge, electron beam requirements and arc formation at high pressure, and optical gain at high pressure.
- Physical Chemistry
- Lasers and Masers