Faculty Advisor

Garcia, Rafael

Abstract

In this project I used a Matlab model to predict the ion sheath thickness of a CO2 gas laser excited with an RF discharge. This sheath region is unique to the RF discharge, and inhibits laser performance. I predicted the sheath thickness to within 4% of experimentally measured values, which is a negligible error when making laser gain measurements.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2009

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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