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The magic of relay mirrors
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Paper Abstract

Laser weapon systems would be significantly enhanced with the addition of high altitude or space-borne relay mirrors. Such mirrors, operating alone with a directed energy source, or many in a series fashion, can be shown to effectively move the laser source to the last, so-called fighting mirror. This “magically” reduces the range to target and offers to enhance the performance of directed energy systems like the Airborne Laser and even ground-based or ship-based lasers. Recent development of high altitude airships will be shown to provide stationary positions for such relay mirrors thereby enabling many new and important applications for laser weapons. The technical challenges to achieve this capability are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5413, Laser Systems Technology II, (8 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567096
Show Author Affiliations
Edward A. Duff, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Donald C. Washburn, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5413:
Laser Systems Technology II
William E. Thompson; Richard L. Brunson, Editor(s)

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