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Deuterium-fluoride uncooled optics at HELSTF
Author(s): Antonio R. Marrujo; Christopher Lieto; Patrick J. Pomphrey Jr.; J. Earl Rudisill
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Paper Abstract

Traditionally, high-energy lasers have used optics which have been actively cooled, primarily with temperature-conditioned, deionized water. The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) has successfully developed Very Low Absorptance (VLA) coatings for optics for Hydrogen-Fluoride (HF) lasers. These coatings have produced the next generation in high energy optics: uncooled optics. This paper addresses the successful transfer of this technology to Deuterium-Fluoride (DF) lasers. Both analytical predictions and experimental results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1997
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 10289, Advanced Materials for Optics and Precision Structures: A Critical Review, 102890N (28 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279814
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Antonio R. Marrujo, U.S. Army Space & Strategic Defense Command (United States)
Christopher Lieto, W.J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Patrick J. Pomphrey Jr., TRW, Inc. (United States)
J. Earl Rudisill, Star Optics Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10289:
Advanced Materials for Optics and Precision Structures: A Critical Review
Mark A. Ealey; Roger A. Paquin; Thomas B. Parsonage, Editor(s)

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