Accession Number : AD0764691

Title :   Experimental Investigation of Some Possible Approaches to the X-Ray Laser.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Siegenthaler,Kenneth E.

Report Date : JUN 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 109

Abstract : A discussion of the historical development of the X-ray laser and the problem areas preventing its operation is followed by an experimental investigation of some of the most promising approaches to the X-ray laser. An experiment using 66, 40-nanosecond, Nd:glass laser pulses of over 30 joules was unsuccessful in duplicating the Utah X-ray laser experiment. Data was obtained in the experiment through the use of streak pictures, framing pictures, time exposure pictures, closed-circuit television pictures, burn patterns, X-ray detection by film, pumping laser output and transmission energy measurements, and pulse shape measurements of the pumping laser output, reflection and transmission pulses. An experimental investigation of self-focusing in glass and liquids as a possible X-ray laser was also conducted. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   (*LASERS, X RAYS), INFRARED LASERS, OPTICAL PUMPING, GELATINS, COPPER COMPOUNDS, SULFATES, ATOMIC ENERGY LEVELS, ELECTRON TRANSITIONS, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, X RAY PHOTOGRAPHY, PHOTOGRAPHIC FILM, THESES

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE