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Numerical investigation of the propagation of a pulse of radiation with λ=10.6 μm through absorbing media

  • V. A. Levin
  • V. V. Netesov
  • A. M. Starik
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Abstract

The passage of electromagnetic radiation through gaseous media is of special interest when reasonantly absorbing impurities are present in the gas. The interaction of radiation with such a medium can lead, for example, to a temporal decrease of the gas temperature or to its strong heating [1-3]. At the same time the index of refraction in the channel of the light beam is altered, which leads to a deviation of the light rays from the initial direction. The main characteristics of such thermal selfaction within the framework of linear absorption theory for steady and nonsteady processes have been discussed in [4-12]. Nonequilibrium processes in the medium upon absorption of resonant radiation were not taken into account. The effect of the kinetics of vibrational energy exchange on the state of a medium upon the propagation of radiation through a mixture of CO2 and N2 gases was first considered in [2, 13, 14]. However, the simplest models of vibrational energy exchange were used, and saturation of the absorbing transition P20 [10°0 → 00°1] in the CO2 molecule was not taken into account. Thus linearized equations of vibrational kinetics were used in [13], and only one channel of relaxation of asymmetric vibrations of CO2 and excited nitrogen was considered in [14]. The propagation of a pulse of radiation with λ=10.6 μm through an absorbing medium is investigated and the influence of the saturation effect and nonlinear processes of vibrational energy exchange on the self-action of light beams of Gaussian profile is studied in this paper.

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Refraction Light Beam Electromagnetic Radiation Gaseous Medium Linear Absorption 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. A. Levin
    • 1
  • V. V. Netesov
    • 1
  • A. M. Starik
    • 1
  1. 1.Moscow

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