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Directed Energy Weapons

Physics of High Energy Lasers (HEL)


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Bahman Zohuri
    Pages 1-26
  3. Bahman Zohuri
    Pages 27-33
  4. Bahman Zohuri
    Pages 35-46
  5. Bahman Zohuri
    Pages 47-77
  6. Bahman Zohuri
    Pages 79-143
  7. Bahman Zohuri
    Pages 145-199
  8. Bahman Zohuri
    Pages 201-378
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 415-816

About this book


  • The only unclassified source of detailed information on high energy laser development
  • Covers scientific and mathematical background, on practical issues governing field application
  • Includes worked examples of all key mathematical equations

This book delves deeply into the real-world technologies behind the ‘directed energy weapons’ that many believe exist only within the confines of science fiction. On the contrary, directed energy weapons such as high energy lasers are very real, and this book provides a crash course on all the physical and mathematical concepts that make these weapons a reality. Written to serve both scientists researching the physical phenomena of laser effects, as well as engineers focusing on practical applications; the author provides worked examples demonstrating issues such as how to solve for heat diffusion equation for different boundary and initial conditions. Several sections are devoted to reviewing and dealing with solutions of diffusion equations utilizing the aid of the integral transform techniques. Ultimately, this book examines the state-of-the-art in currently available high energy laser technologies, and suggests future directions for accelerating practical applications in the field.


tactical high-energy laser high energy laser beams weapons development next-generation weapons heat diffusion equations thermal blooming effects Huygens’s principle physics of lasers Bragg diffraction target absorptance

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Galaxy Advanced Engineering, Inc.AlbuquerqueUSA

About the authors

Dr. Bahman Zohuri is founder of  Galaxy Advanced Engineering, Inc., formed upon his departure from the semiconductor and defense industries after many years as a Senior Process Engineer for corporations including Westinghouse and Intel, and then as Senior Chief Scientist at Lockheed Missile and Aerospace Corporation. While at Lockheed, he was responsible for the study of vulnerability, survivability and component radiation and laser hardening for Defense Support Program (DSP), Boost Surveillance and Tracking Satellites (BSTS) and Space Surveillance and Tracking Satellites (SSTS). He also performed analysis of characteristics of laser beam and nuclear radiation interaction with materials, Transient Radiation Effects in Electronics (TREE), Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), System Generated Electromagnetic Pulse (SGEMP), Single-Event Upset (SEU), Blast and, Thermo-mechanical, hardness assurance, maintenance, and device technology. His consultancy clients have included Sandia National Laboratories, and he holds patents in areas such as the design of diffusion furnaces, and Laser Activated Radioactive Decay. He is the author of several books on nuclear energy.

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