Accession Number : AD0772001

Title :   Discovery of New Lasers.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. 1 Jan-28 Dec 73,

Corporate Author : ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL CORP CANOGA PARK CALIF ROCKETDYNE DIV

Personal Author(s) : Hall,Lawrence H.

Report Date : 28 DEC 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 55

Abstract : The purpose of the investigation is to evaluate the potential of using electronically excited alkali metal atoms for a new chemical laser which would operate at wavelengths less than 2.2 micrometers. The study concentrated on the reaction of certain alkali metals (cesium and rubidium) with appropriate halogens (fluorine and chlorine). These reaction systems show promise of producing population inversions in the upper electronic states of the alkali metal atoms (based on their exothermicities and upon early work of Polanyi with the Na/Cl2 system).

Descriptors :   *Chemical lasers, *Infrared lasers, *Cesium, *Rubidium, Alkali metals, Metal vapors, Electron transitions, Chemiluminescence, Computer programs

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE