A theoretical analysis of a downstream-mixing 16-µm CO2 gasdynamic laser revealed the possibility of utilizing the downstream-mixing scheme for the generation of 9.4-µm radiation using a CO2 gasdynamic laser. The flow-field has been analyzed using complete two-dimensional, unsteady laminar form of Navier-Stokes equations coupled with the finite rate vibrational kinetic equations. The analysis showed that integrated small-signal gain of 11.5m−1 for Lorentzian broadening and 4.8m−1 considering Voigt function can be obtained for N2 reservoir temperature of 2000°K and velocity ratio 1:1 between the CO2 and N2 mixing streams. These results (presented in graphs) clearly highlight the large potential of downstream-mixing CO2 gasdynamic laser for 9.4-µm laser generation.
Volume 94, 2020
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