Accession Number : AD0717298

Title :   Development Construction and Demonstration of a 100 Watt CW Argon-Ion Laser.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. 28 Feb 69-1 Jun 70,

Corporate Author : RCA ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS LANCASTER PA

Personal Author(s) : Fendley,J. R. , Jr. ; O'Grady,J. J.

Report Date : DEC 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 105

Abstract : The report covers the design, construction and evaluation of a continuous-duty output, multi-line, multi-transverse mode argon-ion laser. The double-ended unit employs modular construction, joining the anodes and having windows only at the cathode ends to minimize contamination. Power levels up to 98 watts were demonstrated. Operation without adjustment at power output of 90 watts was achieved for hours at a time. The plasma tube was operated for approximately 150 hours prior to shipment to Fort Monmouth. Small signal gain measurements and data in the near UV region were also obtained and tabulated. Empirical scaling formulas were developed and employed in extrapolating the parameters from smaller proven designs. A comparative analytical study of the performance of argon laser amplifiers and oscillators is reported. This study contemplated future operation up to 1000 watts output. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GAS LASERS, POWER), DESIGN, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), GAIN, ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION, POWER SPECTRA, TEST METHODS, ARGON

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE