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Directed Energy Past , Present , and Future History of Laser Weapon Research

  title={Directed Energy Past , Present , and Future History of Laser Weapon Research},
  author={Melissa Olson},
The idea of using light as a weapon can be traced back to Hippocrates, commander of the Greek forces in 212 B.C. His forces supposedly set fire to the sails of the Roman fleet by focusing sunlight with mirrors. Weapons systems based on lasers and “ray guns,” long a staple of science fiction, have captured the imagination of people everywhere. But with steady progress toward the development of lasers in the last 40 years, viable, stateof-the-art laser weapon systems have now become a reality… 


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