Accession Number:

ADA310409

Title:

Laser Technology (Selected Articles).

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL AIR INTELLIGENCE CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-04-09

Pagination or Media Count:

49.0

Abstract:

This paper presents high-energy CW HFDF chemical lasers developed under the U.S. Navy Sealite program and the Alpha program of the DARPA Triad program, and a brief account of Soviet chemical lasers. Continuous wave HFDF chemical lasers were developed starting in the late sixties as high-power lasers of consistent interest to military circles. These are lasers that have the most matured technology among present-day high-energy lasers. It is hoped that in the near future CW HFDF chemical lasers can be developed into a space laser weapon to deal with ICBMs. CW HFDF chemical lasers are an integration of technologies in gas dynamics, chemistry, fluid chemistry, optics, and lasers. By using the branching chain reaction of heat liberation, inversion of the population ratio is generated to obtain lasers.

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Directed Energy Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE