31 May 2011 Laser neutralization of buried munitions
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This report describes the results of the first phase of a planned two-phase program to develop laser technology for rapid neutralization of buried munitions from a safe standoff distance. The primary objective of this first phase is to demonstrate, via laboratory experiments, the capabilities of a breadboard laser system to "drill" through a minimum depth of 15 cm of earthen materials to defeat a buried mine at a standoff distance greater than 20 m. In the initial phase covered by this report, results of short range laboratory testing by 3 contractors are reported. The planned second phase of this program will consist of procuring a more capable 10 kW SM laser and performing field-testing at longer standoff ranges.
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James D. Habersat, Bradley W. Schilling, Joe Alexander, Russell McElhaney, Thomas Lehecka, Matthew D. Nixon, "Laser neutralization of buried munitions", Proc. SPIE 8017, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI, 80170J (31 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.887900; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.887900
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