Accession Number : AD0756517

Title :   Discharge Characteristics of a Carbon Dioxide TEA Laser.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Bishop,Ronald Floyd

Report Date : DEC 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : During the past two years a rapid development in the field of high pressure CO2 lasers has been witnessed. However, in the haste of this development very little effort had been expended to understand the detailed aspects of the discharge characteristics of such lasers. The results of a parametric study of the discharge characteristics of an atmospheric pressure, double-discharge CO2 laser are reported. The results discussed include: A clarification of the important role played by helium in establishing good discharge conditions; measurements of plasma resistivity as a function of gas content and circuitry elements; establishment of a satisfactory operating regime in parameter space for a double-discharge laser with a two-centimeter gap; and a discussion of the major problems limiting the operation of such a laser. The results presented should be applicable to a wide class of double-discharge gas lasers. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GAS LASERS, GAS DISCHARGES), (*INFRARED LASERS, GAS DISCHARGES), CARBON DIOXIDE, HELIUM, GLOW DISCHARGES, GAS FLOW, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), THESES

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE