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Megawatt-class free-electron laser concept for shipboard self-defense
Author(s): Alan M. M. Todd; William B. Colson; George R. Neil
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Paper Abstract

An efficient MW-class free electron laser (FEL) directed energy weapon (DEW) system holds promise for satisfying shipboard self-defense (SSD) requirements on future generations of Navy vessels because of the potential for high- power operation and the accessibility to all IR wavelengths. In order to meet shipboard packaging and prime power constraints, the power efficiency and high real-estate gradient achievable in a FEL driven by a superconducting rf accelerator is attractive. Configuration options and the key development issues for such a system are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2988, Free-Electron Laser Challenges, (15 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274380
Show Author Affiliations
Alan M. M. Todd, Northrop Grumman (United States)
William B. Colson, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
George R. Neil, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2988:
Free-Electron Laser Challenges
Patrick G. O'Shea; Harold E. Bennett, Editor(s)

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