23 May 2015 Challenges of laser beam propagation near/within marine boundary layer
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Marine atmospheric condition plays a critical role on imaging, laser beam propagation, and optical communication of the commercial and military platform. In Military platforms, ships and sailors must be able to defend and communicate with other maritime platform in sometimes volatile and hostile regions around the globe. Naval combatants need defensive and offensive capabilities against a variety of potential threats – many coming at low altitude, UAV, USV etc. High energy lasers (HELs) are currently in development, which have sufficient power levels (~100 kW) to destroy/disable most types of threats. Though target engagement and energy delivery are challenging, a HEL weapon can engage targets at the speed of light, does not require physical ammunition, and is able to run for hours at a time.
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Tariq Manzur, Tariq Manzur, Richard A. Katz, Richard A. Katz, Joshua Olson, Joshua Olson, } "Challenges of laser beam propagation near/within marine boundary layer", Proc. SPIE 9456, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security, Defense, and Law Enforcement XIV, 945617 (23 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2181002; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2181002
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