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Experiments using laser-triggered electrical discharges to generate electromagnetic missiles
Author(s): John M. Myers; Hao-Ming Shen
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Paper Abstract

A design for a launcher of electromagnetic missiles for a target 100 km distant is discussed in terms of the time dependence of a current pulse over an aperture. Two issues in implementing this design are: (1) to provide the required current distribution over a small surface element; and (2) to coordinate many such elements in an array. We consider an energy flux per pulse at the pulse launcher on the order of 3 x 10 exp -8 J/sq cm for a pulse duration of 100 fs. If this pulse generation can be synchronized over a surface aperture of 6-m radius, for a train of 10 exp 6 pulses, one transmits a flux to a target at 100 km on the order of 10 mJ/sq cm per pulse train.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1992
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1629, Intense Microwave and Particle Beams III, (1 April 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137127
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John M. Myers, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Hao-Ming Shen, Harvard Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1629:
Intense Microwave and Particle Beams III
Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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