Laser and Optics Lab


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ARDEC-Benet Laboratories' Laser and Optics Laboratory is equipped with several high-power Nd:YAG lasers, a 4-by-8-foot vibration-isolated optical table, numerous breadboards, positioners, and stages as well as OSLO lens design software for analysis and system design. The Laser and Optics Laboratory is currently being used for laser pulse heating to simulate thermal loading of gun bores during firing. Laser pulse heating can be applied to coated and uncoated metallic specimens as well as to nonmetallic specimens such as ceramics. Laser pulse heating is used both to study fundamental thermal and chemical effects relevant to gun bore erosion and to evaluate new materials and systems for potential use in gun bores. The laboratory now includes a high-pressure cell for studying the interaction of various gas environments with the materials undergoing laser pulse heating.

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