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Hybrid solar and laser propulsion
Author(s): Max M. Michaelis; Ashokabose Moorgawa; Hassan Bencherif; David Boutchiama
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Paper Abstract

Hybrid laser experiments have been conducted in a variety of high power/energy laser experiments: beat wave electron accelerators, rainbow and ignitor fusion, particle acceleration and double pulse laser propulsion schemes. Following our determination that the momentum coupling coefficient for burning targets is much higher than for cold targets, we propose using solar energy from a vast thin foil mirror, laid on a pre-prepared surface, to boost the satellite during its atmospheric trajectory. Solar power propels a lighter than air craft during the first part of the ascent and enhances the coupling to the pulse laser during the second. We present preliminary pendulum coupling results for burning targets and describe a solar and laser hybrid experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4760, High-Power Laser Ablation IV, (13 September 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.482146
Show Author Affiliations
Max M. Michaelis, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)
Ashokabose Moorgawa, Univ. of Natal (South Africa)
Hassan Bencherif, Univ. of Natal (France)
David Boutchiama, Univ. de la Reunion (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4760:
High-Power Laser Ablation IV
Claude R. Phipps, Editor(s)

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