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Laser ablation studies in southern Africa
Author(s): Edric McKenzie; A. Forbes; G. R. Turner; Max M. Michaelis
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Paper Abstract

With the launch of the South African National Laser Centre, new programs will need to be defined. Medical, environmental and industrial laser applications must obviously take top priority -- as opposed to the uranium isotope separation and military applications of the past. We argue however, that a small effort in laser ablation for space propulsion is justifiable, since a few very large CO2 lasers are available and since two tentative propulsion experiments have already been conducted in South Africa. We attempt to give LISP (Laser Impulse Space Propulsion) an equatorial and a Southern dimension.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4065, High-Power Laser Ablation III, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.407314
Show Author Affiliations
Edric McKenzie, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)
A. Forbes, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)
G. R. Turner, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)
Max M. Michaelis, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4065:
High-Power Laser Ablation III
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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