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High-Energy Laser Mirror Thermal Distortion Testing Techniques
Author(s): Jeffrey Gierloff
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Paper Abstract

Mirrors are tested at the Thermal Distortion Test Facility (TDTF), Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM, using a rastered electron beam (E-beam) to thermally load the mirrors. Typical test results and their implications are presented. The capabilities and accuracies of the facility are discussed. Verification tests performed with a CO2 laser confirm the validity of using a rastered E-beam to simulate a HEL beam thermal loading.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 1979
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0171, Optical Components: Manufacture and Evaluation, (4 April 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957043
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Jeffrey Gierloff, University of Dayton Research Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0171:
Optical Components: Manufacture and Evaluation
Donald S. Nicholson, Editor(s)

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