The performance of a continuous chemical laser is discussed. Fluorine atoms are produced in a SF<sub>6</sub> + He mixture by means of a microwave-discharge apparatus that operates in a continuous mode. A maximum output power of 4 W is obtained for a 5 cm length of amplifying medium; this power output is primarily due to <i>P</i> transitions from the 1-0 and 2-1 bands. Weak transitions in the 3-2 band are also observed. The maximum value of measured gain is 0.11 cm<sup>-1</sup>; good agreement is obtained between theoretical and experimental values of gain.
J. M. Gagné, L. Bertrand, Y. Conturie, S. Q. Mah, and J. P. Monchalin, "Compact continuous HF microwave-discharge mixing laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 876-881 (1975)