New PDF release: Beam Weapons: The Next Arms Race

By Jeff Hecht

ISBN-10: 0306415461

ISBN-13: 9780306415463

ISBN-10: 1489927786

ISBN-13: 9781489927781

I first wrote approximately laser guns in 1976 in an editorial that was once released within the October 1977 factor of Analog technological know-how Fiction. the object was once truth, yet a technological know-how fiction journal appeared a suitable position for it then. Now that the President of the USA can discuss beam guns in lethal severe tones on nationwide tv, it kind of feels time for a extra critical glance. This booklet is predicated on my research of knowledge i have collected in years of writing approximately laser expertise. i haven't had a safety clearance, and although that limits the knowledge i've been in a position to receive, it implies that i will be able to say issues that differently will be changed by way of [deleted]. i've been looking at the sector lengthy sufficient to play "fill within the blanks" with censored executive files and to make moderate guesses of what a number of the [deleted]s initially acknowledged. There aren't any uncomplicated solutions right here, simply advanced technical and safeguard matters that deserve cautious learn and which are vital to the way forward for our country and the realm. The security concerns raised within the latter 1/2 the booklet could seem extra instant to the overall reader, yet they're necessarily concerning the technological heritage laid in Chapters 4-9. through the ebook, i've got documented my resources up to attainable, whereas respecting the confidentiality of data given in private.

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The Pentagon soon found that the ruby laser, and a similar laser in which the active medium was a rod of another synthetic crystal containing a small quantity of the rare-earth element neodymium, could help soldiers pinpoint their targets. One type of laser device, called a rangefinder, measures the time it takes a laser pulse to make a round trip from the soldier to the target and back, thus indicating how far away the target is, and where a gun or missile should be aimed. Another laser device, called a target designator, marks a potential target with a series of The Incredible Laser FOR CR EDIBLE LASERS SEE INSIDE Laser pioneer Arthur L.

Patel, Physical Review Letters 12, 588 (1964). 19. F. Horrigan, C. Klein, R. Rudko, and D. Wilson, Microwaves 8, 68 (1968), cited in W. W. Duley, CO 2 Lasers Effects and Applications (Academic Press, New York, 1976), p. 16. 20. Testimony before Congress, quoted in Jeff Hecht and Dick Teresi, Laser Supertool of the 1980s, p. lO3. 21. 3. 22. Edward T. Gerry, IEEE Spectrum 7, 51 (1970), cited in W. W. Duley, CO 2 Lasers Effects and Applications. (Academic Press, New York, 1976). 23. V. K. Konyukhov, I.

46. 7. 47. Ibid. 48. "Brown comments on beam weapons," Aviation Week & Space Technology May 30, 1977, p. 12. 3 D Beam Weapon Mythology The long history of beam weapons in legend and fiction has helped create a kind of mythology, a large collection of widely held misconceptions about their power and potential uses. It isn't often that a new technology comes on the scene with a ready-made-but entirely fictional-history. Such a false background breeds misconceptions, which tend to take on a life of their own, especially in the more sensational segments of the general press.

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