Accurate 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of flowing-gas K DPAL is presented, taking into account ionization and ion–electron recombination processes, ambipolar diffusion of K ions, and electron heating. Whereas in a static K DPAL with He buffer gas, the neutral K atoms in the lasing medium are depleted by these processes, the depletion can be mitigated by application of gas flow. The lowest gas velocity necessary for effective operation of a laser with He buffer is ∼500 m/s, and is much higher than previously estimated [Opt. Express 25, 30793 (2017)]. The predictions of the model for different He/CH4 mixtures are presented and verified by comparing them with experimental results obtained at the Air Force Institute of Technology [“Kinetics of higher lying potassium states after excitation of the D2 transition in the presence of helium,” dissertation (Air Force Institute of Technology, 2018)].
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics|
|State||Published - 1 Aug 2020|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics