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On testing laser ablation processes for asteroid deflection

Gibbings, Alison and Hopkins, John-Mark and Burns, David and Vasile, Massimiliano (2011) On testing laser ablation processes for asteroid deflection. In: IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Protecting Earth from Asteroids: From threat to Action, 2011-05-09 - 2011-05-12, Bucharest,.

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    Abstract

    Laser surface ablation has been theoretically demonstrated to be an advantageous method in the potential mitigation and deflection of Near Earth Asteroids. However to fully verify this approach a series of experiments were performed that examined the development of the ejecta plume induced by each ablation event. This included the flow rate, velocity and dispersion as a function of the target material’s composition. The rate of degradation onto optical surfaces was also assessed. The results demonstrated the sensitivity of the ablation process to the specific laser characteristics and properties of the chosen target material. This is relative to the focal point of the laser, the volumetric removal of the ejected material, the material phase changes within the ablation volume and the dispersion of the ejecta plume.

    Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    ID code: 42283
    Keywords: laser ablation, asteroid deflection, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
    Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
    Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
    Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Faculty of Science > Institute of Photonics
    Technology and Innovation Centre > Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 12:00
    Last modified: 26 Oct 2013 05:06
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/42283

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