Carbon Monoxide Laser
Annual technical rept.
AVCO EVERETT RESEARCH LAB INC EVERETT MA
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The main objective of this program is the investigation of the pulsed electrical CO laser to determine the relative scaling parameters and the usefulness of high power CO lasers in systems applications. The current contract has included measurements of small signal gain on varying vibrational and rotational transitions, operation with an unstable resonator and the design fabrication and assembly of an entirely new transverse flow system together with a new heat exchanger. Gain measurements were compared with parametric performance predictions derived from kinetic modelling calculations. The new flow system discharge cavity and heat exchanger have been designed with the aim of obtaining a near diffraction limited beam from the pulsed CO laser. The design considerations are described.
- Lasers and Masers
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy