Accession Number : AD0437865

Title :   EXPERIMENTAL VERIFICATION OF SUN-POWERED LASER TRANSMITTER.

Descriptive Note : Interim engineering rept. no. 1,

Corporate Author : AMERICAN OPTICAL CO SOUTHBRIDGE MASS

Personal Author(s) : LaMarre,D. A.

Report Date : JUL 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : The feasibility of using four-level laser materials is investigated. A general expression is derived for the figure of merit ''G'' of a four-level laser in the sun-powered end-pumed configuration. (''G'' relates the laser parameters to the power input needed for threshold lasering). In a survey of possible new laser materials, two four-level types, neodymium-doped calcium tungstate and neodymium-doped glass, were determined to be promising. Thermal problems involved in cooling neodymium-doped glass are analyzed. Also, the status of the design and construction of the sun-tracking laser mount is specified. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*LASERS, OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS), (*OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, LASERS), TRANSMITTER RECEIVERS, SUN, POWER, SOLAR RADIATION, RUBY, CALCIUM COMPOUNDS, TUNGSTATES, NEODYMIUM, IMPREGNATION, IMPURITIES, GLASS, CRYOGENICS, ATOMIC ENERGY LEVELS, EXCITATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE