Accession Number : AD0163729

Title :   Exploding Mirror for Optical Viewing System.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Holland,Richard J. ; Sztaukay,Zoltan G. ; Kilduff,Timothy J.

Report Date : 18 MAY 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : The patent describes an exploding mirror for an optical viewing system which will partially self-destruct when a laser beam of a minimum predetermined energy density impinges thereon. Using an epoxy encapsulation method, an explosive charge is placed adjacent a thin film mirror on a glass slide. The opposite side of the mirror is part of the optical sight path of the viewing system. A laser beam of sufficient energy density will cause the explosive charge to detonate, thus blowing out a critical section of the mirror and disrupting the optical sight path, thereby protecting the viewer.

Descriptors :   (*SAFETY DEVICES, *PATENTS), (*COHERENT RADIATION, PROTECTION), LASERS, OPTICAL SIGHTS, OPTICAL EQUIPMENT, MIRRORS

Subject Categories : Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE