Specific Impulse Analysis of Solid Materials for Ablative Laser Propulsion

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: NASASTTR-01-3
Amount: $99,958.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6767 Old Madison Pike, Ste. 180, Huntsville, AL, 35806
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Andrew Pakhomov
 (256) 890-6276
Business Contact
 James Henderson
Title: Vice President
Phone: (256) 922-1475
Email: jimhend@HiWAAY.net
Research Institution
 University of Alabama in Huntsville
 Sue B Weir
 301 Sparkman Dr.
Huntsville, AL, 35899
 (256) 890-6276
 Nonprofit college or university
The proposed work is directed towards the understanding and utilization of the relatively unexplored concept of ablative laser propulsion (ALP). The work will include direct measurements of the specific impulse imparted to solid targets under short-pulse laser irradiation. The purpose of the proposed work is to demonstrate the viability of the ALP concept and to develop a set of specific requirements for solid materials best suited for ALP, supported by data on specific impulse as a function of material properties and irradiation conditions. Pulse width, pulse repetition rate and laser wavelength are expected to be important parameters. Anticipated results of the Phase-I work are an understanding of factors defining specific impulse due to material properties and irradiation conditions and selection of candidate elements for the Phase-II research. In Phase II, we anticipate discovering the factors, such as material composition and irradiation conditions, determining specific impulse and other parameters (such as mass removal rates, angular distributions of ion energy and number density, charge states, etc.) critical for ALP. ~000141 ~

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