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The Feasibility Of The X-Ray Laser Pumped With A Nuclear Explosion
Author(s): David W. Hafemeister
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Paper Abstract

Recent reports have indicated that an x-ray laser pumped with a nuclear explosion at a wavelength of 1.4 nm (0.9 keV) has made some initial progress. It has been proposed to extend the development of this device to establish it as part of a layered ballistic missile defensive system to protect the United States against a nuclear attack. This paper will discuss the following aspects on the feasibility of this system: (1) Conditions affecting the efficiency of the X-ray laser; (2) Angular resolution and size of,the laser rods; (3) Energy on targets; (4) Basing Modes; (5) Countermeasures; and (6) Legal constraints.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1984
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0474, Electro-Culture 1984, (28 August 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.942481
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David W. Hafemeister, M.I.T (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0474:
Electro-Culture 1984
Jeff Bogumil, Editor(s)

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