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Pulsed COIL for space debris removal
Author(s): Willy L. Bohn
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Paper Abstract

A new approach to space debris removal by laser is suggested using a repetitively pulsed high average power chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL). The pulsed mode of operation which is achieved by magnetic gain switching of a CW device considerably enhances the peak-to-CW power of the laser leading to an efficient debris clearing performance 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. The current maturity of COIL technology greatly supports the present approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3612, Gas and Chemical Lasers and Intense Beam Applications II, (7 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350654
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Willy L. Bohn, DLR Institute of Technical Physics (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3612:
Gas and Chemical Lasers and Intense Beam Applications II
Ernest A. Dorko, Editor(s)

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