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Momentum coupling efficiency of laser ablation for space debris removal
Author(s): Shigeaki Uchida; Xianglin Zhou; Kazuo Imasaki; Chiyoe Yamanaka; Tatsuhiko Yamanaka; Masayuki Niino; Tatsuo Kunagai; Wiliam Kmetic; Masatsugu Ishimoto; Nobuki Kawashima
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Paper Abstract

This paper will discuss the laser conditions for producing efficient thrust on debris. In order to obtain high thrust for given laser energies, thermal energies dissipated into laser ablation and debris bulk have to be minimized. It was suggested that this minimization can be achieved by using ultrashort pulse interactions where laser pulse duration is too short for thermal conduction to take place deep into debris. The results of momentum coupling coefficients measured with ps and ns pulse duration will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3885, High-Power Laser Ablation II, (1 February 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.376990
Show Author Affiliations
Shigeaki Uchida, Institute for Laser Technology (Japan)
Xianglin Zhou, Institute for Laser Technology (Japan)
Kazuo Imasaki, Institute for Laser Technology (Japan)
Chiyoe Yamanaka, Institute for Laser Technology (Japan)
Tatsuhiko Yamanaka, Institute of Laser Engineering/Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Masayuki Niino, National Aerospace Lab. (Japan)
Tatsuo Kunagai, National Aerospace Lab. (Japan)
Wiliam Kmetic, National Aerospace Lab. (Japan)
Masatsugu Ishimoto, Kinki Univ. (Japan)
Nobuki Kawashima, Kinki Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3885:
High-Power Laser Ablation II
Claude R. Phipps; Masayuki Niino, Editor(s)

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