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Nuclear Radiation Effects on Gas Lasers

  • George H. Miley
Conference paper

Abstract

The irradiation of a gas laser via nuclear radiation (e.g., using γ-radiation, high energy ions from nuclear reactions, or emissions from radioisotopes) provides an important and unique means of energy input. As such, potential applications range from total pumping by the radiation to the use of relatively small radiation fluxes to enhance the performance of a laser operating primarily by electrical pumping. The former (direct pumping) is still somewhat speculative, but conclusive evidence for enhancement of CO2 laser operation has been reported. Both are briefly reviewed here and some recent results from CO2 enhancement experiments at the University of Illinois are presented.

Keywords

Neutron Flux Laser Output Discharge Tube Nuclear Radiation External Ionization 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • George H. Miley
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  1. 1.Nuclear Engineering ProgramUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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