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To: jimtorr
[...] a mirrored surface is no protection against a high-energy laser [...]

It was not my intent to make any "blanket statements." Notice that I said merely that a mirrored surface would reduce the missile's vulnerability - perhaps even enough to allow it to survive, e.g., a "near miss."

It has been demonstrated in lab tests that the energy transfer is enough to destroy a target.

As long as those lab tests included such real-world factors as the atmosphere's intrinsic opacity, possible interposing clouds, the gradual widening of the collimated beam, etc., I will accept that.

Regards,

18 posted on 12/05/2008 2:31:44 AM PST by alexander_busek
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To: alexander_busek

You should probably also factor in any contamination of the mirrored surface such as dust, dirt, oils and anything else that could absorb the energy.


27 posted on 12/05/2008 5:42:36 AM PST by AFreeBird
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To: alexander_busek
Notice that I said merely that a mirrored surface would reduce the missile's vulnerability - perhaps even enough to allow it to survive, e.g., a "near miss."

What happens is that no reflective is perfectly reflective. Absorption of even a small amount of the laser's energy damages its reflectivity, which causes it to absorb more energy, etc.

34 posted on 12/05/2008 6:14:19 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (Question O-thority)
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