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Technical challenges for the future of high energy lasers
Author(s): K. N. LaFortune; R. L. Hurd; S. N. Fochs; M. D. Rotter; P. H. Pax; R. L. Combs; S. S. Olivier; J. M. Brase; R. M. Yamamoto
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Paper Abstract

The Solid-State, Heat-Capacity Laser (SSHCL) program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a multi-generation laser development effort scalable to the megawatt power levels with current performance approaching 100 kilowatts. This program is one of many designed to harness the power of lasers for use as directed energy weapons. There are many hurdles common to all of these programs that must be overcome to make the technology viable. There will be a in-depth discussion of the general issues facing state-of-the-art high energy lasers and paths to their resolution. Despite the relative simplicity of the SSHCL design, many challenges have been uncovered in the implementation of this particular system. An overview of these and their resolution are discussed. The overall system design of the SSHCL, technological strengths and weaknesses, and most recent experimental results will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6454, High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications, 64540O (14 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.701306
Show Author Affiliations
K. N. LaFortune, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. L. Hurd, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. N. Fochs, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
M. D. Rotter, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
P. H. Pax, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. L. Combs, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. S. Olivier, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. M. Brase, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. M. Yamamoto, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6454:
High Energy/Average Power Lasers and Intense Beam Applications
Steven J. Davis; Michael C. Heaven; J. Thomas Schriempf, Editor(s)

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