ARPA-NRL Laser Program
Semiannual technical rept. 1 Jul-31 Dec 1972
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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The ARPA-NRL high energy laser program is concerned with the development of laser technology in four program areas Chemical Lasers, Electric Discharge Lasers High Power Glass Laser Techniques. The Chemical Laser Program has consisted of primarily two experiments the development of a DF-CO2 supersonic transfer laser, and the study of the CO vibrational distribution from the reaction O CS. Assembly of the amplifier chain of the short pulse CO2 laser system has continued. Under the New Laser Techniques Program a pulsed OD- CO2 transfer laser has been operated for the first time. The High Power Glass Laser is operating reliably and over 2000 shots have been fired during the last reporting period. This has permitted statistics to be compiled on the lasers performance and initial laser-target interaction experiments to be carried out.
- Lasers and Masers