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Laser-boosted light sail experiments with the 150-kW LHMEL II CO2 laser
Author(s): Leik N. Myrabo; Timothy R. Knowles; John O. Bagford; Daniel B. Seibert; Henry M. Harris
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Paper Abstract

Laser-boosted lightsail experiments were carried out on 4-8 December 2000 with the 150 kW LHMEL II carbon dioxide CW laser at Wright Patterson Air Force Base - in their 2.74 m long, 2.13-, diameter vacuum chamber. All 5-cm diameter sail specimens were fabricated by ESLI. The prior Dec. '99 pendulum tests used ultralight carbon microtruss discs, sputter-coated with molybdenum on the front face to improve reflectivity at 10.6 um - and are the first known measurements of high power laser photonic thrust with real candidate lightsail materials. The Dec. '00 vertical wire- guided tests employed an improved moly-coated carbon-foil material with the same basic microtruss substructure. The performance of this new carbon foil sail was superior to the earlier specimens.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2002
PDF: 25 pages
Proc. SPIE 4760, High-Power Laser Ablation IV, (13 September 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.482034
Show Author Affiliations
Leik N. Myrabo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Timothy R. Knowles, Energy Science Labs., Inc. (United States)
John O. Bagford, Anteon Corp. (United States)
Daniel B. Seibert, Anteon Corp. (United States)
Henry M. Harris, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4760:
High-Power Laser Ablation IV
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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