1 August 1979 Dispersion And Gas Flow Effects In The Ring Laser Gyro
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The effects of dispersion and gas flow on the operation of the ring laser gyro are summarized. The theory is shown to predict a dimple in the anomalous dispersion properties of the atomic transition. Experiments were carried out using a 43.4 cm and 21.7 cm visible laser gyro. Scale factor and nullshift results showed consistency and confirmed the existence of the dimple. The peak-peak relative magnitude of the scale factor dimple was found to be approximately 25 x 10-6. Gas flow was varied by unbalancing the discharge currents in the two legs of the laser gyro. A nullshift sensitivity of 0.0066 deg/hr/mamp of unbalance was found. Analysis of the data showed the nullshift sensitivity to velocity flow to be 4.4 deg/hr/cm/sec of velocity unbalance.
F. Aronowitz, W. L. Lim, "Dispersion And Gas Flow Effects In The Ring Laser Gyro," Optical Engineering 18(4), 184376 (1 August 1979). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.7972388 . Submission:
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