Recollections of research on the HF cw (continuous wave) laser. Gross' work at Aerospace Inc. from 1965 on. High altitude atmosphere reaction associated with atmospheric re-entry. Collaboration with T. Jacobs on the cw laser design and HF gas-dynamic laser research (Hartunian); comments on three independent Atomic Energy Commission proposals for laser isotope seperation; contacts with foreign scientists (N.O. Basov, A.N. Oraevskij).
Furumoto headed the laser development program for the Jersey Nuclear-AVCO Isotopes (JNAI) laser isotope separation project from 1972 on. Discussion of the original decision to use a linear-lamp-excited transverse flow dye laser; Charles Pike's injection-locked laser; how they increased the lifetimes and efficiencies of the flash lamps; how they determined some of the design parameters; how the vortex flashlamp dye laser program was terminated; the JNAI High Density Experiment; the movement of the project from AVCO-Everett Research Laboratory in Everett, Massachusetts, to Richmond, Washington. Also prominently mentioned are: Sargent Janes, Arthur Kantrowitz, Lawrence Levin, and Richard Levy.