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16 August 2000 Laser ablation studies in southern Africa
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Proceedings Volume 4065, High-Power Laser Ablation III; (2000)
Event: High-Power Laser Ablation, 2000, Santa Fe, NM, United States
With the launch of the South African National Laser Centre, new programs will need to be defined. Medical, environmental and industrial laser applications must obviously take top priority -- as opposed to the uranium isotope separation and military applications of the past. We argue however, that a small effort in laser ablation for space propulsion is justifiable, since a few very large CO2 lasers are available and since two tentative propulsion experiments have already been conducted in South Africa. We attempt to give LISP (Laser Impulse Space Propulsion) an equatorial and a Southern dimension.
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Edric McKenzie, A. Forbes, G. R. Turner, and Max M. Michaelis "Laser ablation studies in southern Africa", Proc. SPIE 4065, High-Power Laser Ablation III, (16 August 2000);

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