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Solar-pumped lasers for space power transmissionMulti-Megawatt CW solar-pumped lasers appear to be technologically feasible for space power transmission in the 1990s time frame. A new concept for a solar-pumped laser is presented which utilizes an intermediate black body cavity to provide a uniform optical pumping environment for the lasant, either CO or CO2. Reradiation losses are minimized with resulting high efficiency operation. A 1 MW output laser may weigh as little as 8000 kg including solar collector, black body cavity, laser cavity and ducts, pumps, power systems and waste heat radiator. The efficiency of such a system will be on the order of 10 to 20%. Details of the new concept, laser design, comparison to competing solar-powered lasers and applications to a laser solar power satellite (SPS) concept are presented.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Taussig, R.
(Mathematical Sciences Northwest, Inc. Seattle, WA, United States)
Bruzzone, C.
(Mathematical Sciences Northwest, Inc. Seattle, WA, United States)
Nelson, L.
(Mathematical Sciences Northwest, Inc. Seattle, WA, United States)
Quimby, D.
(Mathematical Sciences Northwest, Inc. Bellevue, Wash., United States)
Christiansen, W.
(Washington, University Seattle, Wash., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1979
Subject Category
Lasers And Masers
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 79-1015
Meeting Information
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Terrestrial Energy Systems Conference(Orlando, FL)
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