Investigation of the Feasibility of a Magnetohydrodynamic Laser
Final rept. 3 Jun 1971-30 Apr 1974
UNITED AIRCRAFT RESEARCH LABS EAST HARTFORD CT
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The investigation is directed towards the evaluation of the feasibility of a magnetohydrodynamic laser concept MHDL employing nonequilibrium electron kinetics to provide efficient energy transfer in a molecular laser system. To achieve this goal comprehensive modeling of the MHD plasma which has been based upon a detailed knowledge of electron and heavy particle kinetics has been developed. Experimental investigations conducted on small scale laminated and solid wall generator configurations have confirmed theoretical modeling predictions and indicate the potential attractiveness of the MHDL concept for high power laser applications. Major emphasis in the report has been placed on the additional experimental information obtained from small scale generator tests as well as experimental results obtained in a generator configuration suitable for optical power extraction investigations.
- Lasers and Masers
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics