LASER PHYSICS RESEARCH
The Lightning Gun Project is an independent laser research project developing a non-lethal directed energy technology that uses a high energy laser pulse to create a plasma in air. This plasma emits an intense localized Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) that can destroy the integrated electronic circuitry in a missiles sensor and guidance systems, thereby instantly neutralizing missile threats at long range. With active target neutralization and speed of light delivery, Laser Powered EMP (LEMP) weapons have numerous potential advantages over conventional countermeasure technologies such as flares, chaff, radar jamming, laser jamming and stealth materials which are complex, expensive and only partially effective solutions at best.
We have successfully completed small scale experiments that prove the principle of LEMP technology and validate its feasibility for missile countermeasure applications. Experimental results indicate that a Laser Powered EMP product could potentially be as small as a few meters in length and cost under a million dollars per aircraft in volume. Lightning Gun Inc. has filed a patent application for a Laser Guided and Powered EMP weapon with the USPTO. We are currently working on ways to generate the funding required to scale laser output up to 1kW power levels and prove the technology for real-world applications.
Powered EMP technology potentially requires only a kilowatt class laser
to disable a missile target which means a laser platform
that is a fraction of the size, power
and cost of more lethal megawatt class laser weapons intended
vaporize and destroy targets. Compact LEMP modules could be
installed on the
undercarriage of most airplanes and helicopters at a cost that is
attractive to owners of both military and commercial aircraft. LEMP
offers a vastly improved
level of combat effectiveness over conventional countermeasures while
meeting the size, power and cost requirements of modern commercial and
military aircraft. It has the potential to become the
first truly affective and affordable missile countermeasures
platform that can offer the entire aerospace industry a high
degree of protection against all missile types and even unmanned aerial
vehicle threats. LEMP is a long range, precision EMP weapon and
is a completely
technology that only has potential for defensive applications.