Carbon Monoxide Gas Dynamic Laser Development
Final technical rept. Jun 1973-May 1974
CALSPAN CORP BUFFALO NY
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The development of small, electrically excited, supersonic flow carbon monoxide lasers is reported. These lasers utilize aerodynamically stabilized, d.c., glow discharges, which have been successfully operated to pressures of 1.5 atmospheres in CO-He gas mixtures. The following performance levels have been achieved. 1 An 11 gmsec device, operating at atmospheric discharge pressure, produces 350 watts cw at 11 efficiency, with greater than 60 of its power in the 4.8 to 5.1 micron range, and 2 A 1.5 gmsec device, operating at discharge pressures in excess of 1.5 atmospheres, produces 17 watts cw at 4 electrical efficiency, with 90 of its power in the 4.8 to 5.1 micron range.
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