Journal of Computations & Modelling

Laser Technology. General Aspects and Suitable Lasers for Ballistic Defense

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  • Abstract

    Laser light, due to the unique characteristics that demonstrates, has found an enormous variety of applications in every section of modern activities and of course in the military sector. Based on the laser medium, the operational wavelength and the peak power of the laser beam output, a description of the operational principles of high energy laser systems has been made. Gas (CO2), chemical (DF, HF and I), eximer and free electron lasers are generally described in this paper additionally with their capabilities and disadvantages. Finally, an analysis has been made, to the effects of the propagation of a high energy laser beam in the atmosphere (atmospheric turbulence and thermal blooming).