Accession Number : ADD003254

Title :   Radioactively Preionized Electrical Discharge Laser.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Meneely,Clinton T ; Schlossberg,Howard

Report Date : 12 Oct 1976

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : The patent describes a miniature TEA laser system having a pair of electrodes mounted within the laser cavity and a radioactive source in the form of a beta particle emitter located within the cavity adjacent the electrodes. The electrodes are spaced no more than the maximum beta particle range apart so that the radioactive emission can take place within the space between electrodes thereby uniformly preionizing the active laser medium within the cavity. This can be used for a conventional CO2 laser.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *TEA lasers, *Gas ionization, *Electric discharges, Gas lasers, Beta particles, Carbon dioxide lasers, Infrared lasers, Electrodes, Laser cavities, Glow discharges

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE