- Conference date: 31 Jan - 4 Feb 1999
- Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)
We discuss results of recent measurements of laser impulse coupling coefficients completed at the LHMEL Nd:glass laser facility at Wright-Patterson AFB. Impulse coupling was measured at 125 ns pulse duration and 1.06 μm wavelength on specially designed heterogeneous targets in vacuum. With these targets, we obtained substantially enhanced impulse at modest laser fluence. One application of this work is to provide a means to execute a demonstration of the ORION concept using repetitively-pulsed, kW-class, diffraction-limited lasers with pulse energy on the order of 100 J.
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