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Title: Carbon-assisted flyer plates

A laser driven flyer plate is described utilizing an optical fiber connected to a laser. The end of the optical fiber has a layer of carbon and a metal layer deposited onto it. The carbon layer provides the laser induced plasma which is superior to the plasma produced from most metals. The carbon layer plasma is capable of providing a flatter flyer plate, converting more of the laser energy to driving plasma, promoting a higher flyer plate acceleration, and providing a more uniform pulse behind the plate. In another embodiment, the laser is in optical communication with a substrate onto which a layer of carbon and a layer of metal have been deposited. 2 figures.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5051092
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States) PTO; EDB-94-077059
Patent Number(s):
US 5301612; A
Application Number:
PPN: US 8-068032
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 28 May 1993
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; PROJECTILES; ACCELERATION; ENERGY TRANSFER; LASER RADIATION; LASER-PRODUCED PLASMA; PROPULSION; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; PLASMA; RADIATIONS; 450000* - Military Technology, Weaponry, & National Defense