Comparing modeling and measurements of the output power in chemical oxygen-iodine lasers: A stringent test of I 2 dissociation mechanisms Academic Article uri icon


  • A parametric study of the output power of supersonic chemical oxygen-iodine lasers (COILs) is carried out, applying a kinetic-fluid dynamics model calculations as well as an analytical model and comparing the results to experimental studies. The I 2 dissociation mechanism recently suggested by Azyazov et al.[J. Chem. Phys. 130, 104306 (2009)], which was previously used for comparison of model calculations to measurements of the small signal gain [K. Waichman et al., J. Appl. Phys. 106, 063108 (2009)], is applied here for a similar, but more sensitive, comparison of the laser output power. The dependence of the power on iodine flow rate and on mirror transmission is studied for low and high pressure COILs, respectively. Good agreement between the calculated and measured power is obtained for both low and high pressure COILs only when the processes suggested by Azyazov et al …

publication date

  • August 28, 2010