Multimode low pressure CW chemical laser performance source flow effects
Abstract
The performance of low pressure (inhomogeneously broadened) multiple longitudinal mode CW chemical lasers is investigated in the limit delta nu sub c << delta nu sub h , delta nu sub h << delta nu sub d where delta nu sub c, delta nu sub h, and delta nu sub d represent longitudinal mode separation, homogeneous width, and toppler width, respectively. Effects of source flow (i.e., mean motion in optical path direction) are included. The present approach, in which power on spectral lineshape is assumed a priori, yields physically realistic, self consistent solutions for laser flow regimes of practical interest. Numerical results, as well as analytic limit solutions, are provided. The decrement in net laser output power, caused by lack of saturation and by source flow, is evaluated. It is concluded that the latter can be estimated from numerical codes in which a single longitudinal mode is assumed at line center for each lasing transition, provided zero power line center gain is corrected for the source flow effect. It is also concluded that a limit solution deduced herein provides relatively accurate simpleclosedform analytic expressions for laser performance in the regime of interest.
 Publication:

NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
 Pub Date:
 March 1982
 Bibcode:
 1982STIN...8229591M
 Keywords:

 Chemical Lasers;
 Continuous Wave Lasers;
 Gas Flow;
 Laser Modes;
 Laser Outputs;
 Gaseous Diffusion;
 Laminar Flow;
 Line Shape;
 Low Pressure;
 Lasers and Masers