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High energy laser beam steering with periodic shock waves
Author(s): Michael S. McBeth
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric density gradients bend light as can be seen with naturally occurring mirages. Shock waves also produce density changes that bend or refract light. While a single shock front from a supersonic projectile refracts light only on the order of hundreds of arcseconds, theoretical results indicate that beam deflections of thirty or more degrees are possible from periodic shock waves. Two types of idealized plane periodic shock waves are analyzed. A ballisticsderived periodic shock wave based on empirical data from projectile firings and a synthetic-derived periodic shock wave based on a tradeoff between peak pressure amplitude and shock wave period required to produce a target density gradient. Predicted laser beam refractions from both types of idealized plane periodic shock waves are presented. Predicted laser beam steering angle versus peak pressure for fixed period synthetic-derived periodic shock waves is presented. Predicted laser beam steering angle versus shock wave period for fixed peak pressure amplitude syntheticderived periodic shock wave is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7836, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VII, 78360S (12 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864812
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Michael S. McBeth, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr. Atlantic (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7836:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VII
David H. Titterton; Mark A. Richardson, Editor(s)

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