Accession Number:

ADA038464

Title:

Laser Characteristics of Optically Pumped Gas Phase Molecular Bromine,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ROME AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER GRIFFISS AFB N Y

Report Date:

1977-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

Molecular bromine has been observed to lase when optically pumped on individual vibration-rotation lines. With no dispersive elements in the cavity, the output consists of several doublets, corresponding to P- and R-branch transitions from the excited state populated by the pump pulse to various vibrational levels of the ground state. The insertion of an intracavity prism causes a single doublet to lase, with a corresponding reduction in output power. In the current experiments the output wavelength was tunable from 550 nm in the green to 750 nm in the near infrared for each transition pumped near 532 nm. The broadband efficiency was a few tenths of a percent, with the single-line output efficiency one tenth of that. A gain of 0.04 - 0.16 per cm at 6.8 torr and 300 K was estimated. This system offers a quasicontinuous tunable source of radiation ranging from the visible to the near infrared. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE