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Prospects for laser DEW
Author(s): David H. Titterton
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Paper Abstract

This paper considers the development of high-power laser-DEW systems required to achieve significant effects on potential targets. The emphasis is on the progress with the technology and systems required to support the out-of-band approach needed to achieve a robust defeat mechanism; various laser-induced effects are discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of laser-based directedenergy weapon (DEW) systems will be reviewed. Evolution of laser-source technology is reviewed, with a particular emphasis on modern approaches such as the various novel-source investigations, including fibre-bundle devices. The paper discusses some of the research studies that are underway that may make this type of laser-weapon system viable. Some of the challenges currently faced by laser-based DEW systems are considered in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2008
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6873, Fiber Lasers V: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 687312 (22 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.779647
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David H. Titterton, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6873:
Fiber Lasers V: Technology, Systems, and Applications
Jes Broeng; Clifford Headley, Editor(s)

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