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A solar simulator-pumped gas laser for the direct conversion of solar energyMost proposed space power systems are comprised of three general stages, including the collection of the solar radiation, the conversion to a useful form, and the transmission to a receiver. The solar-pumped laser, however, effectively eliminates the middle stage and offers direct photon-to-photon conversion. The laser is especially suited for space-to-space power transmission and communication because of minimal beam spread, low power loss over large distances, and extreme energy densities. A description is presented of the first gas laser pumped by a solar simulator that is scalable to high power levels. The lasant is an iodide C3F7I that as a laser-fusion driver has produced terawatt peak power levels.
Document ID
19820028175
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Weaver, W. R. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Lee, J. H. (Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1981
Subject Category
ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONVERSION
Meeting Information
In: Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference(Atlanta, GA)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NCC1-8
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other