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Theoretical analysis of power generation in gasdynamic lasers

Mathiazhagan, C and Reddy, KPJ and Reddy, NM (1991) Theoretical analysis of power generation in gasdynamic lasers. In: Journal of Applied Physics, 70 (10). pp. 5231-5237.

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The power generation in a gasdynamic laser (GDL) has been theoretically studied. Quasi-one-dimensional unsteady flow equations are numerically solved simultaneously with the rate equation for the laser intensity inside the laser cavity. Steady-state coupled solutions for the field variables and the laser intensity inside the GDL cavity are obtained by a time-dependent numerical technique. The laser intensity variations along the axis of the flow (across the laser cavity) are computed for different laser gas mixture compositions and reservoir conditions. The analysis predicts a sharp spike in the laser intensity at the leading edge of the laser cavity followed by a sharp fall from which it recovers to a uniform constant value for the lower $H_20$ concentrations. It is shown that the $H_20$ concentration above 2% in the $CO_2-N_2-H_20$ gas mixture is detrimental to he power generation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Applied Physics
Publisher: American Institute of Physics(AIP)
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Institute of Physics(AIP).
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:38
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/11648

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