Solid-state lasers (SSL) in defense programs

Yehoshua Kalisky

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This chapter reviews the updated status and applications of a defensive weapon based on high power lasers, in the battlefield. The laser weapon is a novel concept which utilizes a high power laser beam to traverse the distance to an incoming object at the speed of light, and then destroy or disable it. Various types of solid-state and fiber lasers and configurations will be discussed in this review. For reference we include in this review also gas lasers and free-electron lasers since they play a major role in any present or future high power laser applications. Although the emphasis of this chapter is on solid-state lasers, it includes discussions on various configurations such as airborne lasers (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
Title of host publicationHandbook of Solid-State Lasers
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials, Systems and Applications
PublisherElsevier Ltd.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780857097507
ISBN (Print)9780857092724
StatePublished - 20 Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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