Office of Naval Research’s Free Electron Laser (FEL) program, demonstrating an injector capable of producing the electrons needed to generate megawatt-class laser beams for the Navy’s next-generation weapon system.
The team is nine months ahead of schedule which provides plenty of time to reach goals set for end of 2011. The research team hopes to have a full-power prototype by 2018, which would have the ability to instantly blast targets in the sky.
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