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High-power supersonic chemical oxygen iodine laser
Author(s): Willy L. Bohn
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Paper Abstract

A performance update of DLR's supersonic chemical oxygen iodine laser shows output powers of typically 10 kW CW and a chemical efficiency close to 20%. It is suggested to use a quasi-CW magnetically Q-switched mode of operation with considerably enhanced peak-to-CW power as a new ground based laser candidate for near earth space debris clearing. A preliminary design demonstrates the attractive features of such a laser system as compared to previous approaches. In particular, the chemical oxygen iodine laser promises to be rather compact and to substantially reduce the total debris clearing time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3343, High-Power Laser Ablation, (14 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321548
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Willy L. Bohn, DLR Institute of Technical Physics (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3343:
High-Power Laser Ablation
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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