Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $358,259)
The applicant proposes to develop laser-diode-pumped pulsed fiber-laser technology for use in future laser-based less-lethal weapons (LLWs). The focus will be on LLWs based on infrared laser-induced high-intensity plasma shock-wave generation (plasma flash bang), aimed at disorienting or incapacitating the target person. This electrical laser technology has the potential of being compact, rugged and battery operable, and as such should be highly portable, either for short duration operation in a personnel-carried backpack, or for extended durations with the use of generators.
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