Collisional Studies of Gaseous Molecular Lasers.
PRINCETON UNIV N J DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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A variety of collisional and kinetic studies are under way to calculate the effects of molecular collisions in laser environments. The research is proceeding on two main levels. First, a broad overview is being sought to discern the key physical parameters controlling collision behavior. Second, specific chemical systems are being studied as detailed applications of the theoretical methods we have developed. Within these categories research is being pursued in the following areas 1 CO laser kinetics employing our newly calculated rate information, 2 model calculations for evaluation of quantum number and translational temperature scaling effects in collisional rates, 3 the development of a new stochastic theory for calculating collisional information in systems with many strongly coupled levels, and 4 detailed three-dimensional vibration-rotation calculations are being performed on the H2-H2 system as a prototype for the behavior in complex laser situations. As a result of these calculations it has become evident that studies of this type can provide valuable help in the evaluation of laser performance. We plan to vigorously pursue continuing work in these areas. Author
- Lasers and Masers
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics