Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
A detailed kinetic model of the HCl chemical laser produced by the flash photolytically initiated H2—Cl2 explosion is described, and the results of computer calculations on such a system are discussed. It is shown that currently accepted values of the various rate constants, supplemented in a few cases by reasonable estimates of previously unmeasured rate constants, are adequate to approximate the observed laser behavior of this system. It is also shown that the chemistry of such a system is extremely complex, and exhibits a high degree of coupling between one reaction and another; therefore, great care is required to extract kinetic data from the optical behavior of such laser systems. It is further argued that different hydrogen halide lasers may behave quite differently from each other, depending on the relative magnitudes of the various rate constants involved.
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