Directed Energy Weapons

Course #PH4858

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course teaches the physics and engineering concepts underlying directed energy (DE) weapons. Topics include an introduction to laser physics, history of DE, advantages/disadvantages of DE, types of DE technologies, output power requirements for different missions, current Navy and DoD programs, target damage mechanisms, beam propagation through the atmosphere, thermal blooming, power and cooling considerations, and beam control. Where appropriate, both high energy lasers and high power microwave technologies will be discussed. The course will include modeling of the propagation of a high energy laser beam through the atmosphere and of damage effects.

Included in degrees & certificates

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  • PC2911
  • PH3352
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Academic Calendar

  •  29 May 2023

    Memorial Day

  •  06 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter pre-graduation awards ceremony

  •  09 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter last day of classes