AE Students Win Award at AIAA Conference
The award was presented at the 41st American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Plasmadynamics and Laser Conference held in Chicago over the summer.
The group, including graduate students Joseph W. Zimmerman, Gabriel F. Benavides, Brian S. Woodward and Michael T. Day, developed a sixth generation ElectricOIL device, capable of greater than 100 watts of laser power output. Authors also included Solomon; AE Visiting Prof. David L. Carroll; CU Aerospace Partner and Senior Physicist Andrew D. Palla; and CU Aerospace consultant Joseph T. Verdeyen, who is also professor emeritus of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois.
The students’ recent paper covered various aspects of ElectricOIL system development, including radio-frequency discharge scaling for large singlet-delta oxygen flow rates; diagnostic development for excited atomic and molecular species measurements; thermal management; and laser resonator performance characteristics.