Nearly attaining the theoretical efficiency of supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine lasers Academic Article uri icon


  • Improving the chemical efficiency of the supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL) is a key issue for the design of devices for both defense and industrial applications. Efficiencies around 30% for the supersonic COIL have been the state of the art in the last decade. Here, we report the achievement of a record (40%) for the chemical efficiency of the supersonic COIL. More specifically, we show that by carefully studying and optimizing the operation of the chemical generator, the mixing of heavy and light molecules in the gas phase and the optical extraction efficiency, we have approached the theoretical limit for the chemical efficiency.

publication date

  • January 1, 2004