Accession Number : ADA310409

Title :   Laser Technology (Selected Articles).

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AIR INTELLIGENCE CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

PDF Url : ADA310409

Report Date : 09 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : This paper presents high-energy CW HF/DF 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 HF/DF 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 HF/DF chemical lasers can be developed into a space laser weapon to deal with ICBMs. CW HF/DF 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.

Descriptors :   *LASER WEAPONS, *STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE, *CHEMICAL LASERS, HIGH POWER, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, SPACE SYSTEMS, SURVIVABILITY, GAS DYNAMICS, TRANSLATIONS, SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES, CHAIN REACTIONS, CHINA, CONTINUOUS WAVE LASERS, CHINESE LANGUAGE.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE