Copper Halide Laser Research.
WESTINGHOUSE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER PITTSBURGH PA
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This report describes results of experimental studies of continuously-pulsed copper halide laser systems. Optical absorption and fluorescence measurements in the copper bromide discharge have produced detailed information about the laser kinetics in such systems. In particular, the absorption measurements led to determinations of the copper ground state and excited state densities as a function of time and position during a series of electrical pulses. In a longitudinal discharge configuration, radial pumping effects were found to produce appreciable depletion of copper atoms from the core of the discharge region. The effects of this phenomenon on laser performance are discussed and recommendations are made for future development efforts in copper halide lasers. Author
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Lasers and Masers