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Special Section Guest Editorial: High-Energy Laser Systems and Components
Author(s): John R. Albertine

Paper Abstract

Almost every adult today holds some concept of a laser weapon and many children have at least one toy laser among their possessions. Fascination with these ideas reaches as far back as Archimedes' legendary defense of Syracuse with solar reflectors in 212 BC. Other examples include the Martian invaders of Earth who used "heat rays" with chilling efficiency in H. G. Well's 1898 War of the Worlds and the now-classic Star Wars movie series. While most fictional depictions of laser weapons (and some news stories) are without sound basis, these devices do offer the potential for a whole new class of weapons and capabilities that complement (but do not replace) existing kinetic energy weapons and electronic warfare.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 November 2012
PDF: 3 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(2) 021001 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.2.021001
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 2
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John R. Albertine

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