Exploding Mirror for Optical Viewing System.
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON D C
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The patent describes an exploding mirror for an optical viewing system which will partially self-destruct when a laser beam of a minimum predetermined energy density impinges thereon. Using an epoxy encapsulation method, an explosive charge is placed adjacent a thin film mirror on a glass slide. The opposite side of the mirror is part of the optical sight path of the viewing system. A laser beam of sufficient energy density will cause the explosive charge to detonate, thus blowing out a critical section of the mirror and disrupting the optical sight path, thereby protecting the viewer.
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