Accession Number : ADD008105

Title :   15.9 Micron Acetylene Laser.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Wexler,Bernard L ; Stregack,Joseph A ; Manuccia,Thomas J , Jr

Report Date : 02 Dec 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : The patent relates to a laser system in which acetylene is mixed with a gaseous mixture of helium and carbon monoxide which has been vibrationally excited significantly populating the lower vibrational levels of the CO. The carbon monoxide will transfer its energy to the acetylene, populating the upper (01000) level to create laser radiation near 15.9 microns which may be operated in continuous-wave or pulsed modes. The laser cavity includes mirrors which are highly reflective at 16 microns but transparent to radiation at 8 microns or other well-known means will operate in the same fashion.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Chemical lasers, *Acetylene, Helium, Mixtures, Gases, Laser cavities, Low level, Vibration, Inventions, Carbon monoxide, Mirrors, Radiation, Pulsed lasers, Continuous wave lasers

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE