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How adaptive optics may have won the Cold War
Author(s): Robert K. Tyson
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Paper Abstract

While there are many theories and studies concerning the end of the Cold War, circa 1990, I postulate that one of the contributors to the result was the development of adaptive optics. The emergence of directed energy weapons, specifically space-based and ground-based high energy lasers made practicable with adaptive optics, showed that a successful defense against inter-continental ballistic missiles was not only possible, but achievable in a reasonable period of time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 May 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8725, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications V, 87250S (29 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2010801
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Robert K. Tyson, The Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8725:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications V
Thomas George; M. Saif Islam; Achyut K. Dutta, Editor(s)

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