Theory for a High Power Free Electron Laser and Tactical Applications
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The free electron laser FEL shows potential as a source of coherent, high average power radiation. The achievement of high average power is one of the main topics of current FEL research. This thesis examines the Boeing Average Power Laser Experiment APLE, whose main goal is to demonstrate the FELs high average power capability for the first time. The experiment is in the design stage, with completion scheduled for 1996. The first part of this thesis presents a version of a conventional Theater Ballistic Missile Defense TBMD system. The advantages of directed energy weapons, specifically the FEL, are also discussed. The remainder of this thesis examines APLE. Chapter V presents research on the oscillator, and Chapter VI deals with the amplifier. Research indicates the current APLE design is feasible and can meet its design goal. Suggestions are presented for optimizing the performance of the oscillatoramplifier system.
- Lasers and Masers
- Antimissile Defense Systems
- Directed Energy Weapons
- Particle Accelerators