Defense Systems Digest
28 July 2020


Notable Technical Inquiry

Have nanosecond vs. femtosecond laser trade-off analyses for directed-energy (DE) applications been done before?

DSIAC staff searched open sources and the Defense Technical Information Center's Research & Engineering Gateway for relevant reports and studies and contacted DE subject matter experts (SMEs) at various U.S. Department of Defense, academic, and industry professional society organizations for their insight. No reports have been published that directly compared the performance of femtosecond vs. nanosecond, ultrashort pulse lasers (USPLs) used in DE applications (weapons, countermeasures, etc.).  Most of the studies discovered are related to USPL use for ablating materials…

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