Thermokinetic Theories of Gasdynamic Lasers and Application to Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion

  • George C. Vlases
  • Alan L. Hoffman
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A simple model is used to illustrate the kinetics of the inversion and energy extraction (lasing) processes in gasdynamic lasers. Particular emphasis is placed upon the range of pulse lengths that can be obtained in pulsed gasdynamic lasers by suitable variation of mixture and pressure. The model yields analytical results for the case of small CO2 concentration which can be readily interpreted physically. It is shown that the pulsed CO2 laser is very well suited to the problem of heating magnetically confined plasmas to thermonuclear temperatures.


Shock Tube Vibrational Energy Gain Coefficient Energy Extraction Thermonuclear Reaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George C. Vlases
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alan L. Hoffman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Mathematical Sciences Northwest, Inc.USA

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