Accession Number : AD0704118

Title :   PRELIMINARY PERFORMANCE OF A CW CHEMICAL LASER,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Spencer,Donald J. ; Mirels,Harold ; Jacobs,Theodore A. ; Gross,Rolf W. F.

Report Date : 30 NOV 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Preliminary performance of a CW chemical laser is presented. Hydrogen is diffused into a supersonic stream containing F atoms. Population inversion is due to the reaction H2 + F yields HF(v) + H, Delta H = -31.7 kcal/mol, v = 1,2. An atomic F flow rate of 0.030 moles/sec has produced 475 W of laser power. This represents 12% of the chemical energy involved in the above reaction. Zero power gain is 8%/cm. Spectroscopic observations of laser transitions are included. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GAS LASERS, *FLUORINE), ATOMS, CHEMICAL REACTIONS, HYDROGEN, TEST METHODS

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE