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Laser safety research and modeling for high-energy laser systems
Author(s): Peter Alan Smith; Cecilia I. Montes de Oca; Paul K. Kennedy; Kenneth S. Keppler
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Paper Abstract

The Department of Defense has an increasing number of high-energy laser weapons programs with the potential to mature in the not too distant future. However, as laser systems with increasingly higher energies are developed, the difficulty of the laser safety problem increases proportionally, and presents unique safety challenges. The hazard distance for the direct beam can be in the order of thousands of miles, and radiation reflected from the target may also be hazardous over long distances. This paper details the Air Force Research Laboratory/Optical Radiation Branch (AFRL/HEDO) High-Energy Laser (HEL) safety program, which has been developed to support DOD HEL programs by providing critical capability and knowledge with respect to laser safety. The overall aim of the program is to develop and demonstrate technologies that permit safe testing, deployment and use of high-energy laser weapons. The program spans the range of applicable technologies, including evaluation of the biological effects of high-energy laser systems, development and validation of laser hazard assessment tools, and development of appropriate eye protection for those at risk.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 June 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4724, Laser Weapons Technology III, (25 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.472366
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Alan Smith, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Cecilia I. Montes de Oca, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Paul K. Kennedy, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Kenneth S. Keppler, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4724:
Laser Weapons Technology III
William E. Thompson; Paul H. Merritt, Editor(s)

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