Applications and performance of high power lasers and in the battlefield

Yehoshua Kalisky, Ofra Kalisky

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Abstract

This paper reviews the status and applications of a defensive weapon based on high power lasers, in the battlefield. Laser weapon is a novel concept which utilizes high power laser beam to traverse the distance into incoming objects at a speed of light, and then, destroy or disable it. Various types of lasers and configurations will be discussed in this review including gas lasers, solid state lasers, fiber lasers and the free-electron laser. We will discuss various configurations such as airborne laser (ABL), diode pumped crystals and disk lasers as well as heat-capacity lasers. Recent applications of ultrafast solid state lasers for non-lethal or low collateral damage applications will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-460
Number of pages4
JournalOptical Materials
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ABL
  • Chemical lasers
  • Disk laser
  • Fiber lasers
  • Laser weapon
  • Solid state laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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