Accession Number : ADA305947

Title :   Atmospheric Propagation Simulations and Boeing's High Average Power Free Electron Laser.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Ramos, Luis

PDF Url : ADA305947

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 65

Abstract : The development of a high average power FEL for military applications, whether shipboard or not, represents a significant advancement in technology over present weapons systems design. The FEL has significant advantages over conventional kinetic systems and other classical high-energy laser systems. The rapid response, wavelength tunability, and infinite magazine make the FEL a highly desirable shipboard weapon system. The initial pan of this thesis examines the advantages of a FEL over a conventional kinetic weapon. Section II explores the atmospheric phenomenan that affects the propagation of a laser beam enroute to its target. Section III presents the Boeing FEL proposal followed by the theory of the FEL. Lastly, in Sections V, VI, simulations are conducted to analyze the FEL's feasibility.

Descriptors :   *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *FREE ELECTRON LASERS, *LASER WEAPONS, *ATMOSPHERIC ATTENUATION, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, OPTICAL PROPERTIES, MAGNETIC FIELDS, QUICK REACTION, WEAPON SYSTEMS, THESES, TURBULENCE, ATMOSPHERIC DISTURBANCES, TRAPPING(CHARGED PARTICLES), ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE PROPAGATION, LASER BEAMS, HIGH ENERGY, DIFFRACTION, ANTISHIP MISSILES, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, SHIPBOARD, VISIBLE SPECTRA, KINETIC ENERGY PROJECTILES, THERMAL BLOOMING, INFRARED SPECTRA, RELATIVISTIC ELECTRONS.

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
      Antimissile Defense Systems
      Directed Energy Weapons
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE