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22 February 2008 Prospects for laser DEW
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This paper considers the development of high-power laser-DEW systems required to achieve significant effects on potential targets. The emphasis is on the progress with the technology and systems required to support the out-of-band approach needed to achieve a robust defeat mechanism; various laser-induced effects are discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of laser-based directedenergy weapon (DEW) systems will be reviewed. Evolution of laser-source technology is reviewed, with a particular emphasis on modern approaches such as the various novel-source investigations, including fibre-bundle devices. The paper discusses some of the research studies that are underway that may make this type of laser-weapon system viable. Some of the challenges currently faced by laser-based DEW systems are considered in this paper.
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David H. Titterton "Prospects for laser DEW", Proc. SPIE 6873, Fiber Lasers V: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 687312 (22 February 2008);


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