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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 11, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1972
  • pp: 2047–2056

Closed-Form Solution to Rate Equations for an F + H2 Laser Oscillator

George Emanuel and James S. Whittier  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 11, Issue 9, pp. 2047-2056 (1972)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.11.002047


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Abstract

Chemical lasers pumped by the reaction of atomic fluorine with molecular hydrogen emit power from rotation–vibration transitions of excited HF with upper levels as high as v = 3. Collisional processes compete with stimulated emission for the energy of the excited HF. A simplified analysis is presented here for intensity, energy, and chemical efficiency of a class of such lasers. Results are obtained in closed form. A comparison with more exact computer solutions establishes the validity of the analysis despite its simplifications. A comprehensive parametric study examines the relative importance of initial conditions, optical cavity parameters, and rate coefficients for pumping and deactivation reactions.

© 1972 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: December 15, 1971
Published: September 1, 1972

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George Emanuel and James S. Whittier, "Closed-Form Solution to Rate Equations for an F + H2 Laser Oscillator," Appl. Opt. 11, 2047-2056 (1972)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-11-9-2047

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