Experimental Performance of a 15 Kilowatt CW CO2 Electric Discharge Laser.
Final rept. Jan 76-Jul 77,
AIR FORCE AERO PROPULSION LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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The fabrication and initial experimental checkout of an Electric Discharge Laser EDL System is described. This continuous wave carbon dioxide laser extracts power in excess of 12 kilowatts routinely at an electrical discharge efficiency of 27 and a mass flow efficiency in excess of 100 Kw1bmsec. With the current resonator optics, the output intensity distribution is circular, uniform and repeatable to within 5. This laser has performed over 8,000 experiments ranging from 1 to 10 seconds in duration. Author
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