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A purely chemical HCl laser employing transverse flow

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4 Author(s)
Arnold, S. ; Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Dept. of National Defence, Courcelette, Canada ; Foster, K. ; Snelling, D. ; Suart, R.

A purely chemical continuous wave HCl laser has been developed. The purely chemical production of nonequilibrium concentrations of Cl atoms is achieved by a branched chain reaction between NO and ClO2. Three modes of accomplishing the prepumping chemistry are discussed and their effects on HCl laser performance are evaluated. A transverse flow laser was operated having a maximum HCl multiline output power of 4 W and a chemical efficiency of 6.6 percent based on the total exothermicity of the pumping reaction.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 4 )