• Electrostatic Approach for Mitigation of Communication Attenuation During Directed Energy Testing

      Kundrapu, Madhusudhan; Keidar, Michael; Jones, Charles; George Washington University; Edwards Air Force Base (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2009-10)
      Electrostatic approach is considered for mitigation of communication attenuation during the testing of laser powered directed energy weapon. Mitigation analysis is carried out for two target materials Al and Ti. Plasma parameters are obtained using one dimensional coupled analysis of laser-target interaction. Influence of laser beam frequency on plasma parameters is addressed. Sheath thickness is obtained using transient sheath calculations. It is found that uninterrupted telemetry can be achieved | using a maximum bias voltage of 10 kV, through Al plasma for fluences below 5 J/cm² and through Ti plasma for fluences below 2 J/cm².