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Special Section Guest Editorial: Aero-Optics and Adaptive Optics for Aero-Optics
Author(s): Eric J. Jumper

Paper Abstract

Since the early 1980s when the Airborne Laser Laboratory (ALL) first demonstrated that a high-energy laser flown in a military aircraft was capable of performing both offensive and defensive missions, the concept of a speed-of-light weapon system has been in the mind of future weapons planners. The ALL used a powerful CO 2 laser which lased at 10.6 μm. The maximum intensity at the target for a diffraction-limited beam of power P o and aperture A is related to the inverse of wavelength λ times distance to the target R squared:

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2013
PDF: 3 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(7) 071401 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.7.071401
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 7
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Eric J. Jumper, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)

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