Study of Short Pulse Mercury Bromide Laser.
Final rept. 15 Mar-30 Nov 82,
WESTINGHOUSE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER PITTSBURGH PA
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This report summarizes research work performed at the Westinghouse RD Center under ONR Contract No. N00014-82-C-0318 for the period between March 15, 1982 and November 30, 1982. The major effort was to perform experimental studies of the generation of a short laser pulse 10 ns from a cavity dumped HgBr laser. In this report, we will describe a cavity dumped HgBr laser emitting 8 ns FWHW laser pulses with output energies of 11.5 mJpulse at a cavity dumping efficiency of 58. Finally, we will discuss the problems related to the cavity dumping of a high energy HgBr laser and possible solutions to these problems.
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