Pulsed gain measurements on CO2 lasers
Collins, Daniel Joseph
Houck, Timothy Lee
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An efficient procedure for determining the operational potential of a laser system is the experimental measurement of gain. Two laser systems, a flowing CO2-N2-He laser and a chemical CO2-HN3 laser, were studied using a pulsed gain measurement technique. The experimental investigation indicated that the flowing CO2-N2-He laser system could produce lasing action and that the saturation parameter was 15 watts/sq. cm. The experimental results for the chemical laser show a gain of approximately 8% per meter and agree qualitatively with a computer model of the CO2-HN3 laser. (Author)
NPS Report NumberNPS-57CO72061A
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