High Energy Optical Resonance Transfer Laser Study
Technical rept. 24 Jul-31 Dec 1978
HUGHES AIRCRAFT CO EL SEGUNDO CA ELECTRO-OPTICAL AND DATA SYSTEMS GROUP
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This report describes the first half of an experimental study of the HF laser pumped Optical Resonance Transfer Laser ORTL. Several molecular systems were investigated including HFHBr, HFDF, HFHCl, and HFHCN as well as the optically pumped HF laser. The latter exhibited the best overall performance in quantitative fluorescence spectroscopy experiments and laser demonstration experiments. New laser systems demonstrated were optically pumped HF, and the HFDF 3.8 micrometers and HFHCN 3.9 micrometers ORTL systems. Laser oscillation was achieved at pressures ranging from 25 torr to 110 torr. A maximum output power of 20 watts was achieved in the optically pumped HF laser.
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