Accession Number : ADA457675
Title : High-Power Amplifier Free Electron Lasers
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis
Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
Personal Author(s) : Voughs, Tyrone Y.
Report Date : JUN 2006
Pagination or Media Count : 76
Abstract : The free electron laser (FEL) is among the latest technologies of interest to the U.S. military, in particular, the Navy. In naval applications, FEL laser would serve as a self-defense weapon system, protecting the ship from an array of threats including anti-surface cruise missiles and small boats. This system's potential range and deep magazine makes it ideal as point defense against incoming missiles. Its inexpensive cost of only a few dollars per engagement and multi-mission capability makes this future weapon system superior to the short-range missile-defense systems employed today. The most powerful FEL is currently located in Jefferson Lab, operating at 10 kW, two orders of magnitude short of the 1 MW power level required for weapons application. This thesis will describe the components and theory of operation of the FEL, as well as analyze two competing designs for the next step in the evolution of the future weapon system, the 100 kW FEL, proposed by Brookhaven and Los Alamos National Labs. Due to advances in NPS simulation techniques for the amplifier configuration, a more in depth analysis including the effects of electron beam tilt and shift is performed for the first time on these proposed designs.
Descriptors : *HIGH POWER , *NAVAL VESSELS , *FREE ELECTRON LASERS , *CRUISE MISSILES , SIMULATION , CONFIGURATIONS , DESIGN CRITERIA , WEAPON SYSTEMS , THEORY , THESES , ELECTRON BEAMS
Subject Categories : LASERS AND MASERS
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Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE