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Solid-State Laser Milestone

Photonics.com
Jun 2008
ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 5, 2008 – Boeing has just set a record – the company’s new thin-disk laser system has achieved the highest known simultaneous beam quality, power, and run time for any solid-state laser to date.

At the facility in West Hills, California, Boeing achieved power levels of over 25 kilowatts for multi-second durations, with a measured beam quality suitable for a tactical weapon system. Through these successful tests, the Boeing team has proven the concept of scalability to a 100-kilowatt-class system based on the same architecture and technology.

The Boeing laser, which integrates multiple thin-disc lasers into a single system, is an initiative to demonstrate that solid-state laser technologies are now ready to move out of the laboratory and into full development as weapon systems.

Solid-state lasers are powered by electricity, making them highly mobile and supportable on the battlefield. In fact, the Boeing laser represents the most electrically efficient solid-state laser technology currently known. The system is designed to meet the rapid-fire, rapid-retargeting requirements of area-defense, anti-missile and anti-mortar tactical high-energy laser systems. According to Boeing, this laser is also ideal for non-lethal, ultra-precision strike missions needed in war zones.

"Solid-state lasers will revolutionize the battlefield by giving the warfighter an ultra-precision engagement capability that can dramatically reduce collateral damage," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems. "These successful tests show that Boeing has made solid progress toward making this revolutionary capability a reality."

"This accomplishment demonstrates Boeing's commitment to advancing the state of the art in directed energy technology," said Gary Fitzmire, vice president and program director of Boeing Directed Energy Systems. "These successful tests are a significant milestone toward providing reliable and supportable lasers to U.S. warfighters."

A high-power solid-state laser will damage, disable or destroy targets at the speed of light, with little to no collateral damage, supporting missions on the battlefield and in urban operations.

For more information, visit:
www.boeing.com



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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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