Optimization of Optical Density Requirements for Multi-Wavelength Laser
NORTHROP GRUMMAN SAN ANTONIO TX
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Multiwavelength laser exposures pose unique safety challenges for both laser experts and users of laser systems. We describe two methods of optimizing optical density requirements for multiwavelength laser exposures. The problem is first formulated and solved using standard mathematical programming techniques, and the results are compared to those from a simplified algorithm. The result is a method that can be efficiently integrated into existing laser modeling and hazard analysis software. As an example, overall visible light transmittance is maximized while maintaining eye-safe viewing conditions during a multiwavelength exposure, simultaneously minimizing the total optical density required for sufficient laser eye protection. This optimization formulation helps laser system users determine the proper laser eye protection for safe viewing in multiwavelength laser environments.
- Lasers and Masers
- Safety Engineering