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Multi-wavelength optical dazzler for personnel and sensor incapacitation
Author(s): G. Alexsana Donne; James P. Hauck; Jacques Ludman; Roberta Moldow; Rick Servatius; Kenneth Yagrich
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Paper Abstract

We have performed analysis of the requirements for an optical dazzler, designed and built a three-wavelength source with a baseline beam projector, and a Smart Beam Projector that can point the beam, and adjust the laser power for a particular target. The source is based on diode lasers, and diode pumped lasers in the Red, Green and Violet ranges of wavelengths. Each laser can be independent adjusted in output power, and pulse duration. The beams are combined using optical fibers, and the source fits in a 1/4 cubic foot Pelican Box, and can run off a battery for field testing. The baseline beam projector can be mounted to a rifle or pistol. The Smart beam projector is designed for laboratory testing at this time. The operation of the prototype system will allow a variety of combinations of laser power, and pulse length to give a varying spatial and temporal profile of illumination. The system is to be tested by the Army for effectiveness. A next generation of dazzler is under construction that will allow microprocessor control of pulse power and duration, increasing the variety of illumination spatial and temporal patterns and more fully utilizing the Smart beam projector capabilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6219, Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons, 621902 (25 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666225
Show Author Affiliations
G. Alexsana Donne, Scientific Applications and Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
James P. Hauck, Scientific Applications and Research Associates, Inc. (United States)
Jacques Ludman, Northeast Photosciences, Inc. (United States)
Roberta Moldow, Seton Hall Univ. (United States)
Rick Servatius, New Jersey Medical School (United States)
Kenneth Yagrich, ARDEC Target Behavioral Response Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6219:
Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons
Glenn T. Shwaery; John G. Blitch; Carlton Land, Editor(s)

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