Accession Number:

AD0781763

Title:

Propagation of High-Energy Laser Beam in the Atmosphere

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 1972-Jun 1973

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

65.0

Abstract:

Atmospheric turbulence can affect the propagation of laser beams of any power. Thermal blooming, a nonlinear propagation process, can seriously degrade high-energy beams. These two processes are reviewed in detail, with emphasis on parametric effects such as aperture size wavelength, and focal distance. Included in the discussion are such new topics as supersonic slewing and stagnation zone problems. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE