By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Committee on a Scientific Assessment of Free-Electron Laser Technology for Naval Applications
This e-book offers a systematic evaluation of free-electron-laser expertise for naval purposes. The cost from the workplace of Naval examine used to be to evaluate no matter if the specified functionality features are achieveable or no matter if basic obstacles will hinder them from being discovered. the current research identifies the highest-priority clinical and technical concerns that has to be resolved alongside the advance route to in achieving a megawatt-class free-electron laser. in keeping with the cost, the committee thought of (and in short describes) trade-offs among free-electron lasers and different kinds of lasers and weapon platforms to teach the benefits free-electron lasers supply over different sorts of platforms for naval functions in addition to their drawbacks. the first benefits of free-electron lasers are linked to their strength supply on the pace of sunshine, selectable wavelength, and all-electric nature, whereas the trade-offs for free-electron lasers are their dimension, complexity, and relative robustness. additionally, regardless of the numerous technical growth made within the improvement of high-average-power free-electron lasers, tough technical demanding situations stay to be addressed which will strengthen from current power to megawatt-class strength degrees.