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U.S. Navy’s giant laser beam program achieves ‘milestone’

An ONR design project has made a breakthrough allowing for 100 KW continuous operation tunable free electron lasers. They are envisioned for ship use in shooting down incoming missiles etc.

The video in the link is fairly informative. Looks like they are looking for manufacturing contractors now.
 

BennyF

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WOW 100KW that's just crazy. you see like 1W or 2W damage i couldn't imagine a 100KW.
 
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So what happens when they start making missiles shiny like mirrors? :pop:
 

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Hmmm, electron laser? well not really a laser at all, because electrons are not photons, they don't travel at the speed of light, they have mass, and charge, I think of it more like a thunderstorm. But this time the ray will blend at the magnetic field of the Earth, making possible to shoot their antipodes LOL. Nice find.
 

Wolfman29

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Magonegro, you don't understand - it's just a type of laser. The free-electron laser essentially uses a stream of free electrons (instead of bound electrons like in typical lasers) as the lasing medium. It still emits light, however, in coherent form.
 




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