Accession Number : ADD004545

Title :   Electric Discharge Gas Dynamic Laser.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Stregack,Joseph A ; Wexler,Bernard L

Report Date : 01 Nov 1977

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : An electric discharge gas dynamic laser in which excitation of one gas species is obtained in a plenum by use of a dc glow discharge. The gas present in the plenum is then accelerated through an array of supersonic nozzles where the laser species is injected and mixed with the primary flow. Energy transfer and lasing occur in the supersonic region of the flow. Brewster-angle windows which extend from 1 to 28 cm downstream from the nozzle exit plane enables a laser cavity or diagnostic apparatus to be positioned at a variable distance downstream from the injection point. The optics may be mounted on a motor-driven translation table so that continuous scans of the region downstream of the nozzle exit plane may be conveniently made. The present facility may easily be operated with a subsonic cavity, with an RF discharge to augment the dc plenum discharge, with all gases premixed, or with any combination of these configurations. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Electrical lasers, *Gas dynamic lasers, *Glow discharges, *Excitation, Supersonic nozzles, Hydrogen, Carbon monoxide, Carbon dioxide lasers, Carbon disulfide, Acetylene, Nitrogen oxides

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE