Laser Propagation Experiments - Aerosol and Stagnation Zone Effects
Final technical rept. 19 Oct 76-19 Apr 77
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH CENTER EAST HARTFORD CT
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This final technical report describes the result of two programs concerned with high power laser propagation through the atmosphere that are particularly important to the Navy high energy laser program. The first study deals with an experimental laboratory simulation of moving stagnation zones a problem which can be quite serious for the Navy application. The second study is the propagation and non-linear interaction of a high intensity laser with water droplets or fog, again in a laboratory simulation experiment under realistic conditions. The experimental results are given in terms of non-dimensional parameters which can be interpreted in terms of real outside atmospheric conditions. In addition, the results are modeled by simplified analytic expressions which should find wide use in systems analysis of Navy scenarios.
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