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Non-lethal laser dazzling as a personnel countermeasure
Author(s): David C. Shannon
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Paper Abstract

Optical distraction is likely one of the original and simpler optical countermeasure concepts with a technology history dating back to the 1800’s. The objective is to distract or suppress either equipment or personnel with optical radiation from a safe distance. This paper is intended to review and expand on the concepts presented at the 2012 SPIE Security and Defense meeting; “Non-Lethal Optical Interruption (Dazzling): Technology, Devices, and Scenarios”. The information that follows will focus primarily on the technology and techniques associated with the safe laser dazzling of personnel. Key product design guidelines will be highlighted and reviewed. Recent advances in laser technology and their associated impact on hand-held devices will also be discussed. Finally, the author will offer his opinion on the growth rate of military and non-military markets for laser dazzlers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8898, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures X; and High-Power Lasers 2013: Technology and Systems, 88980G (15 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2032743
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David C. Shannon, Consultant (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8898:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures X; and High-Power Lasers 2013: Technology and Systems
David H. Titterton; Harro Ackermann; Willy L. Bohn; Mark A. Richardson; Robert J. Grasso, Editor(s)

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