Special Section Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Laser

The status of high-power lasers and their applications in the battlefield

[+] Author Affiliations
Yehoshua Kalisky

Nuclear Research Center Negev, Chemistry Division, P.O. Box 9001, Beer-Sheva, 84190, Israel

Ofra Kalisky

Jerusalem College of Technology, Technology Management and Marketing Department, 21 Havaad Haleumi Street, P.O. Box 16031, Jerusalem, 91160, Israel

Opt. Eng. 49(9), 091003 (September 13, 2010). doi:10.1117/1.3484954
History: Received February 22, 2010; Revised June 30, 2010; Accepted July 19, 2010; Published September 13, 2010; Online September 13, 2010
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We review the status and applications of a defensive weapon based on high-power lasers in the battlefield. The laser weapon is a novel concept that utilizes a high-power laser beam to traverse the distance into incoming objects at the speed of light and then destroys or disables it. Various types of lasers and configurations are discussed in this review, including gas lasers, solid state lasers, fiber lasers, and the free-electron laser. We discuss various configurations, such as an airborne laser, diode pumped crystals, and disk lasers as well as heat-capacity lasers. Recent applications of ultrafast solid state lasers for nonlethal or low-collateral-damage applications are also presented.

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Lasers

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Yehoshua Kalisky and Ofra Kalisky
"The status of high-power lasers and their applications in the battlefield", Opt. Eng. 49(9), 091003 (September 13, 2010). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3484954


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