Dynamics of the HCN discharge laser

Skatrud, David D.; De Lucia, Frank C.
April 1985
Applied Physics Letters;4/1/1985, Vol. 46 Issue 7, p631
Academic Journal
Millimeter/submillimeter rotational absorption techniques are used to monitor the post-discharge decay of vibrational state populations in a gated cw HCN far-infrared discharge laser. The data provide a detailed map of the important energy flow pathways in the laser and make possible the construction and verification of a simple model for the laser excitation and inversion mechanisms. In addition, these data provide the requisite information for the quantification of this model. The resulting predictions are in excellent agreement with our extensive new data set and a substantial body of work reported in the literature.


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