A High Energy Laser System Design and Performance Evaluation Tool
SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPALBUQUERQUE NM
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Recent developments, primarily in solid state lasers and compact power supplies, make the application of an electrically powered high energy laser HEL as a tactical weapon feasible in the near term. Costperformance design tradeoffs are needed to maximize the benefit of such a weapon. The Atmospheric Compensation Simulation code emulates the entire HEL system and allows designers to evaluate and optimize performance prior to hardware commitment. Simulation results indicate that the inclusion of an adaptive optics subsystem, to compensate for atmospheric effects, on a tactical HEL weapon system significantly improves system performance thereby decreasing required power or increasing lethal range or target set.
- Directed Energy Weapons