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

  • 119


  • PC2911
  • PH3352
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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  08 Dec 2023

    Last day of classes

  •  12 Dec 2023 – 14 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter final examinations

  •  15 Dec 2023

    Fall Quarter graduation

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