This short course provides an overview of high energy laser (HEL) weapon systems. The course is offered by the Center for Directed Energy (CDE) at the Air Force Institute of Technology. DEPS, with funding from the HEL Joint Technology Office, sponsored the CDE in development of this short course.
A thorough presentation of HEL weapons systems is developed. The course provides a complete overview of laser weapon systems, including laser devices (chemical, solid state, and free electron), laser subsystems (power, thermal management, fluid supply), beam control (beam directors, tracking and control, adaptive optics), atmospheric propagation, targets and lethality, engagement scenarios, and weapon system performance. The course emphasizes concepts, terminology, current technological capabilities, and systems concepts. The course does not develop key relationships from first principles. Limitations on the effectiveness of HEL weapons and key performance trade-offs will be addressed. Application of these concepts to current systems will include the historical Airborne Laser Laboratory, Airborne Laser, Tactical High Energy Laser, Advanced Tactical Laser, and Space-Based Laser programs. The effectiveness of HEL weapons on the battlefield will be simulated using engagement and mission level models. The course includes a number of extended, worked problems, including a simplified calculation of weapon effectiveness for a high altitude, long range, air-to-air engagement.
Salvatore Cusumano, Director of the Center for Directed Energy, AFIT. B.S.E.E. Air Force Academy 1971, M.S.E.E. AFIT 1977, Ph.D. University of Illinois 1988. Dr. Cusumano's research covered resonator alignment, intra-cavity adaptive optics, phased arrays, telescope control, pointing and tracking, adaptive optics, and component technology for directed energy. He holds two patents (jointly) for his work in phased arrays. He joined AFIT after over 20 years of directed energy related work at Kirtland AFB.
Steven Fiorino, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Physics (BS, MS, Ohio State University; MMOAS, Air Command and Staff College; BS, PhD, Florida State University). Dr Fiorino’s research experience includes microwave remote sensing, evaluating uncertainty in high-energy laser engagement due to atmospheric effects, and improving microphysical characterizations for nuclear fallout, transport, and dispersion.
Robert Hengehold, Professor of Physics and Head, Department of Engineering Physics, AFIT. A.B. Thomas More College 1956; M.S. University of Cincinnati 1961; Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, 1965. Professor Hengehold's research areas include experimental solid state physics, semiconductor physics, optical diagnostics, and laser spectroscopy. He has been on the AFIT faculty for over 39 years and is the author of over 65 archival publications and 150 presentations.
Glen Perram, Professor of Physics, AFIT. B.S. Cornell University 1980, M.S. AFIT 1981, Ph.D. AFIT 1986. Professor Perram's research interests include chemical lasers, laser weapon modeling and simulation, remote sensing, and chemical physics. He has served on the AFIT faculty since 1989 and is the author of over 30 archival publications and 80 presentations.
Distance Learning Mode
This mode is mostly asynchronous. The lecture content is prerecorded and can be viewed at any time at the convenience of the student. Lectures are viewed in a web browser and can be downloaded from - or streamed over - the internet. (Both delivery modes are made available, in case a student has problems with one or the other.) More detailed access instructions will be provided upon registration.
The asynchronous lectures are supplemented by synchronous sessions using a webinar service. These sessions are designed to give instructors live "face time" with students, for Q-and-A, and for reinforcing lesson concepts. These meetings also facilitate student-to-student interaction, which is often a valuable tool in the graduate learning setting. To join these web conferences, students will need an internet-connected computer and a telephone. These sessions meet for an hour or so; attendance is not mandatory but highly encouraged. Specific meeting times are determined after students have been polled at the outset of the course.
Aside from the weekly webinar sessions of 60 - 90 minutes per week, students can set their own schedule for the course. Nevertheless, students must complete the course within eight weeks.
System requirements include high-speed internet access and a telephone. AFIT uses Microsoft Live Meeting as its webinar service provider. To join the meeting, ideally a small plug-in is installed on the student's computer. This is a one-time installation. If this cannot be accomplished, such as for lack of privileges on the employer's network, the student will still be able to join.
The classroom mode is the traditional approach, based on lectures to students who are physically present in the same room as the instructor. The 32-hour course schedule for the classroom mode from mid-day Monday through mid-day Friday makes weekend travel unnecessary for most attendees. This course has been offered in Albuquerque, NM and College Park, MD. It is not currently scheduled.
If you prefer to learn in the classroom mode, let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please tell us not only that you are interested in a classroom offering of this course, but also whether you would prefer an East Coast or West Coast location and the best months in the next year for you to take the course. This course can also be offered at an organization's facility under contract. This approach can be most economic for organizations with a dozen or more students. Please contact us at the email address above to discuss options.
Current Schedule of Offerings
15 July - 8 September 2013, Distance Learning Mode
The fee for the Distance Learning offering of this course is $1295, which includes the textbook,
access to the web-based material, and participation in the weekly webinar. Registration Complete and submit this registration form to register for the fall
2013 Distance Learning offering, available online 15 July through 8 September 2013. Multiple forms of
payment are available including using our secure sever to pay online at this time.
Some organizations have installed web filters that prevent online registration
from inside their facilities. If this appears to be true for you, please try again off site.
The fee for the Distance Learning offering of this course is $1295, which includes the textbook, access to the web-based material, and participation in the weekly webinar.
Complete and submit this registration form to register for the fall 2013 Distance Learning offering, available online 15 July through 8 September 2013. Multiple forms of payment are available including using our secure sever to pay online at this time.
Some organizations have installed web filters that prevent online registration from inside their facilities. If this appears to be true for you, please try again off site.
Persons requesting cancellation through 17 June will receive a full refund. Cancellations after 17 June are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after 12 July.
Please remember that participation in this course is restricted to employees of the U.S. government or of U.S. government contractors.
Call DEPS at 505-998-4910.