The Penn State Electro-Optics Center will be installing a 10 kW fiber laser at its Northpointe, PA facility in Fall 2005. This presentation will discuss the facility's capabilities and introduce three planned experiments that will utilize the high power near 1μm. The first experiment will be in the area of laser charring effects with semi-transparent composite materials. Previous work had been limited due to spot size requirements and limited available power. The new laser
will enable effects testing up to levels of several hundred W/cm<sup>2</sup>. The second application will be damage testing of
optical coatings. Coating damage continues to be a major obstacle in the development of HEL systems. The new facility at the EOC will allow us to test optical coating damage at fluence relevant to HEL systems. A third planned application is the demonstration of a low-cost, non-coherent beam combiner. The combiner design will be discussed with preliminary results and plans for range testing at an underground mine location.