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Military Laser Technology for Defense: Technology for Revolutionizing 21st Century Warfare

Alastair D. McAulay



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John Wiley & Sons Inc
20 April 2011
Laser technology & holography; Ordnance, weapons technology
Recent advances in ultra-high-power lasers, including the free-electron laser, and impressive airborne demonstrations of laser weapons systems, such as the airborne laser, have shown the enormous potential of laser technology to revolutionize 21st century warfare. Military Laser Technology for Defense, includes only unclassified or declassified information. The book focuses on military applications that involve propagation of light through the atmosphere and provides basic relevant background technology. It describes high-power lasers and masers, including the free-electron laser. Further, Military Laser Technology for Defense addresses how laser technology can effectively mitigate six of the most pressing military threats of the 21st century: attack by missiles, terrorists, chemical and biological weapons, as well as difficulty in imaging in bad weather and threats from directed beam weapons and future nuclear weapons. The author believes that laser technology will revolutionize warfare in the 21st century.
By:   Alastair D. McAulay
Imprint:   John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 169mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   652g
ISBN:   9780470255605
ISBN 10:   0470255609
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   20 April 2011
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

ALASTAIR D. McAULAY, PHD, is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lehigh University.Previously he was NCR professor and chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Wright State University and program manager in the Central Research Laboratories of Texas Instruments. He has published more than 150 papers and his book Optical Computer Architectures, published by Wiley in 1991, has been used for courses around the world and reprinted several times. Contact the author at

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