Accession Number:

ADA114473

Title:

Multimode Low Pressure CW Chemical Laser Performance Including Source Flow Effects

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CA AEROPHYSICS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1982-03-25

Pagination or Media Count:

52.0

Abstract:

The performance of low pressure inhomogeneously broadened multiple longitudinal mode cw chemical lasers is investigated in the limit delta nu sub c delta nu sub h , delta nu sub h delta nu sub d where delta nu sub c, delta nu sub h, and delta nu sub d represent longitudinal mode separation, homogeneous width, and toppler width, respectively. Effects of source flow i.e., mean motion in optical path direction are included. The present approach, in which power on spectral lineshape is assumed a priori, yields physically realistic, self consistent solutions for laser flow regimes of practical interest. Numerical results, as well as analytic limit solutions, are provided. The decrement in net laser output power, caused by lack of saturation and by source flow, is evaluated. It is concluded that the latter can be estimated from numerical codes in which a single longitudinal mode is assumed at line center for each lasing transition, provided zero power line center gain is corrected for the source flow effect. It is also concluded that a limit solution deduced herein provides relatively accurate simple-closed-form analytic expressions for laser performance in the regime of interest.

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Numerical Mathematics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE