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Revised "Introduction to High Power Fiber Lasers" Published by DEPS
Albuquerque, New Mexico (posted: 21 May 2013)
The second edition of "Introduction to High Power Fiber Laers", an updated review of current high-power
fiber laser technology, has been published by DEPS.
The second edition contains information on recent research to achieve increased output powers by
increasing the power of individual beams and by combining multiple beams. It also features new chapters
on fast beam propagation modeling and simulation for optical waveguides and free space. Sami Shakir
joined the original authors Andrew Motes and Richard Berdine for the revision.
Lockheed Martin Demonstrates ADAM Ground-Based Laser System
Sunnyvale, California (posted: 9 May 2013)
Lockheed Martin announced that it has successfully demonstrated the Area Defense
Anti-Munitions (ADAM) system in multiple tests against free-flying Qassam-like rocket
targets. The prototype laser system has destroyed eight small-caliber rocket targets
in flight at a range of approximately 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) in tests
conducted in March and April 2013. Lockheed Martin is a DEPS
Gold Sponsor. Link includes video.
Lasers Bring New Urgency to Navy Electric Power Research
Arlington, Virginia (posted: 2 May 2013)
In the wake of the recent announcement that laser weapons will be put on U.S. Navy ships, the need for reliable, high-voltage
shipboard power has become a matter of national security, officials said at the recent Electric Ship Technologies Symposium outside Washington, D.C.
The Office of Naval Research-sponsored event featured some of the world’s top scientists and engineers in power systems, who agree that a new
era in electric power is within sight.
Ross Book Laser Beam Quality Metrics Published
Bellingham, Washington (posted: 14 April 2013)
"Laser Beam Quality Metrics" by Sean Ross has been published by SPIE.
The book is geared toward engineers and laser physicists involved in the development of laser-based systems,
especially laser systems for directed energy applications. Ross, a DEPS member, has been closely
associated with the Solid State and Diode Laser Technology Review for over a decade.
Navy to Deploy Laser Weapon System aboard Ponce
National Harbor, Maryland (posted: 11 April 2013)
The Navy will deploy a high-energy, solid-state directed energy weapon early next year on board the
amphibious transport dock Ponce, Navy officials said Monday. This will be the first such deployment of the Navy’s
Laser Weapons System (LaWS) after it completed test shots last summer aboard the destroyer Dewey. Link includes video.
SPIE Publishes Special HEL Section of Optical Engineering
Bellingham, Washington (posted: 4 April 2013)
SPIE has published a special section of the journal Optical Engineering on high energy
laser (HEL) systems and components. Guest Editor John Albertine says that the collected
papers provide a survey of high-energy laser weapons development, with articles
written by technical leaders in relevant fields. Albertine is a DEPS Fellow and a
former member of the DEPS Board. Numerous DEPS members contributed to papers in the section.
Perconti Heads ARL Sensors and Electronic Devices Directorate
Aberdeen, Maryland (posted: 23 March 2013)
Dr. Philip Perconti was recently named director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's
(ARL) Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD). Prior to becoming director of SEDD,
Perconti was the director of the Science and Technology Division of the U.S. Army
Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Night Vision
and Electronic Sensors Directorate for 12 years. Directed energy work at ARL is pursued
in this directorate.
2013 Directed Energy Systems Symposium Rescheduled to August
Albuquerque, New Mexico (posted: 20 March 2013)
The 2013 Directed Energy Systems Symposium will be held on 26-30 August in Monterey, California.
This change from the original April dates
for the Symposium and exhibition was prompted by the current budgetary uncertainties.
2013 Directed Energy to DC Exhibition Rescheduled to June
Albuquerque, New Mexico (posted: 5 February 2013)
The 2013 DE2DC Exhibition will be held in Washington DC, with a display at the Pentagon scheduled
for Tuesday, 4 June and hosted by HEL-JTO. A display at the Rayburn House Office Building is planned for Thursday
6 June. Both events remain tentative pending congressional approval and permits. This change from the original March dates
for the exhibition was prompted by the current budgetary uncertainties.
ARL Scientists Study Laser Vulnerability
White Sands, New Mexico (posted: 24 January 2013)
Since 1983, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate's (SLAD)
Electro-Optical Vulnerability Assessment Facility (EOVAF) has provided the resources
needed for SLAD to establish preeminence in the field of laser vulnerability analysis. SLAD personnel use the
EOVAF to analyze the vulnerability of optics to a full range of laser threats and evaluate the impact on the
survivability of the Soldier.
BBC: Rheinmetall Laser Shoots Down UAVs
London, UK (posted: 10 January 2013)
The German defence firm Rheinmetall Defence used high-energy laser equipment to shoot down fast-moving drones at a distance.
The company plans to make the laser weapons system mobile and to integrate automatic cannon.
McManamon, Neice New DEPS Fellows
Albuquerque, New Mexico (posted: 10 January 2013)
Paul McManamon and Mark Neice were named DEPS Fellows at the Annual Directed Energy Symposium in Albuquerque
in December. DEPS Fellows are esteemed members of the Directed Energy Community, known for creative contributions
and distinguished service.
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