Advanced H2-HCl Gas Dynamic Laser, Phase 2
Final technical rept. Apr-Dec 1975
ATLANTIC RESEARCH CORP ALEXANDRIA VA
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The initial phase of this work was feasibility study of an H2 - HCl mixing gas dynamic laser. The results of that study indicated that a high energy laser system based on the H2 - HCl system was indeed feasible. This laser device concept envisions the use of a solid propellant to generate high temperature H2 - HCl mixtures which are expanded supersonically to create the proper conditions for efficient H2 to Hcl V to V transfer and lasing on HCl. This type of laser device has several significant potential advantages as a high energy device for military application, i.e., the use of compact, field storable solid fuel technology, high specific power 80 - 100 Kjlb, and lasing of HCl in the 4.0 micrometer atmospheric window. The objective of the current phase was to experimentally verify the V - V and V - T kinetics for the important H2 - Hcl processes and to develop solid propellant gas generators that could be used to generate the required gases at attractive weight yields. The results of the current phase have verified that the kinetics are capable with operation of a H2 - HCl laser. In addition, the gas generator development program has succeeded in producing the required gases at weight yields that make the system attractive for Army field application.
- Physical Chemistry
- Lasers and Masers