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Christiansen, W. H.

Works: 8 works in 12 publications in 1 language and 138 library holdings
Classifications: TL557.F6, 551.6875
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Publications about W. H Christiansen
Publications by W. H Christiansen
Most widely held works by W. H Christiansen
Studies of blackbody-pumped lasers semi-annual progress report, January 1, 1988 - June 30, 1988 by W. H Christiansen( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 64 libraries worldwide
Scaling studies of solar pumped lasers semi-annual progress report, January 1, 1985-June 30, 1985 by W. H Christiansen( Book )
1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 63 libraries worldwide
A study of fog clearing using a CO₂ laser by G. J Mullaney( Book )
3 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
It has been suggested that haze and fog may be dissipated by using a 10.6 micron laser beam. This radiation is strongly absorbed by liquid water but only weakly absorbed by water vapor. Thus, the laser selectively deposits its energy in the water droplet, ultimately evaporating it. In this paper, the physics of fog removal by a CO2 laser is explored and the possibility of clearing airport runways is evaluated. While initial estimates of the power required to clear a runway are large for present-day laser devices, they may not be excessive requirements for future systems. (Author)
Fluid Mechanical Refracting Gas Prism and Aerodynamics of E - Beam Sustained Discharge in Supersonic Flow, Both Applicable to Laser Technology ( Book )
3 editions published between 1971 and 1979 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Details are presented of extensive experimental tests of a 90 degree Venus Machine, a fluid mechanical optical control device which deflects a beam of light continuously through large angles. A motion-picture photographic technique was used to obtain extensive data under a variety of operating conditions on the size and shape of the light well, a region in the flow where light rays are trapped in near circular paths. The angular divergence of the laser beam leaving the Venus Machine was also measured for the same range of operating conditions. These experimental results, along with parallel theoretical work, have allowed a reasonably complete understanding of the operation of the present 90 degree device at low laser power levels and have indicated that potential exists for the design of Venus Machines of much higher performance and optical quality. Construction of a ruby laser and the necessary optical and detector systems for high-power Venus Machine transmission was completed. Preliminary calibration measurements with the detector system were made. Other experimental work is underway to find ways of improving the performance of electron-beam sustained electric discharge lasers. Some considerations include discharge boundary layer interactions and medium homogeneity. Preliminary results of the foundamental mechanisms of the interaction of electrical discharges of the glow type and the fluid mechanics as found in supersonic electric discharge lasers are briefly presented in this report. (Author)
1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Laboratory measurements have been made of the evaporation rate of fog when subjected to an intensity of 5 to 50 W/sq cm of 10.6/microns radiation. The measurements agree with calculations and show that most of the absorbed laser energy goes into heating the air by conduction from the droplet surface. This heated air induces a motion which prevents the laser from completely clearing the fog. A correlation is found which describes the visibility improvement as the fog and power density are varied. (Author)
Research on the Flow Phenomena Related to High Power Laser ( Book )
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The fundamental mechanisms of the interaction of electrical discharges of the glow type and the fluid mechanics normally found in electric discharge lasers have been studied in an effort to improve their performance capability. Basic information on these devices was obtained via small-scale experiments at the University of Washington. An alternative method of phase compensation for laser beams using the refractive properties of gas jets was also investigated. The amount of beam degradation produced by turbulent shear layers in the jets was studied also. The experimental investigation of this beam degradation mechanism constitutes much of the effort in the project. Theoretical calculations detailing the effects of mixing of dissimilar gases at low Mach number have been carried out. High-power laser mixing flows have been studied by numerical, analytical, and experimental techniques. The models for wave decay in supersonic cavity flows have been extended, optical sensitivities calculated, and experiments conducted using a laser interferometer. Calculated thermodynamic parameter history through decaying wave systems has been used with simple HF reaction models to study strongly-coupled reaction shocks. A systematic study of the sensitivity of HF laser performance to fluid process assumptions has been carried out, with emphasis on power extraction measurements from a versatile shock/Ludwieg tube laboratory laser. (Author)
Experimental Studies of Laser Beam Degradation by Turbulent Shear Layers ( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The degradation of a laser beam by turbulent shear layers has been systematically and experimentally studied with variation in parameters. The near-field measurement results showed that the growth rates of the shear layers decreased drastically with increase in Mach number and were dependent, to a lesser extent, on the density ratio. The optical far-field measurements results showed that the Strehl ratio decreased with increase in refractive index change across the shear layers, with increase in growth, with increase in downstream distance of the nozzle exit, and with increase in beam diameter
1 edition published in 1969 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The afterglow pulse-gain technique was used to measure the relaxation of the upper laser level in N2O from 300 to 700K. Measurements of the relaxation time at 300K agree with the fluorescence technique results of Yardley. Gain studies were also made with gas mixtures in a non-flow system. Singly pulsed N2O + CO + He mixtures at 300K showed considerable peak gain. However, subsequent pulses of these mixtures show that the gain is reduced because of the chemical reaction forming CO2. Measurements of this transformation from one molecular laser mixture to another are discussed. (Author)
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