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Zero-power-gain measurements in CW HF(DF) laser by means of a fast scan technique

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5 Author(s)
R. Chodzko ; The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA, USA ; D. Spencer ; H. Mirels ; S. Mason
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An improved technique for measuring zero power gain in a CW HF-DF chemical laser has been developed in which a CW HF(DF) single-line, frequency-stabilized TEM00mode probe laser is used. Through use of a flat rotating mirror and focusing elements, the streamwise distribution of zero-power gain was scanned at a rate of ∼1 mm/μs with a spatial resolution of ∼1 mm. The zero-power-gain profile was observed for two arc-driven chemical-laser nozzles with both HF and DF active species. The nozzles consisted of a 36-slit array with perforated tube H2injectors and a 55-slit array with uniform H2injection. Results are presented for the variation of zero power gain with axial distance, the magnitude and location of peak gain, and the gain cutoff location for a number of transitions. Peak gain values of 15 percent/cm and 5.5 percent/cm were measured with HF and DF active species, respectively, with the 55-slit nozzle array.

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IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 11 )