Investigations of a High Power CO2-N2-He Electrical Discharge Mixing Laser.
Technical rept. Aug 68-May 70,
AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB N MEX
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An experimental research program is described that built and evaluated a CO2 electrical-discharge mixing laser. Electrically excited nitrogen is used to cause a population inversion in CO2 by resonant transfer of vibrational energy after a mixing process. Three areas of concern are described the electric discharge, the CO2 mixing process, and the optical extraction of power. Continuous powers as high as 3100 watts and efficiencies of greater than 10 percent are shown. Author
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