HAL will be down for maintenance from Friday, June 10 at 4pm through Monday, June 13 at 9am. More information
Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Laser propulsion activity in South Africa

Abstract : Three sets of laser propulsion experiments have been conducted in South Africa. The first, on the MLIS kilowatt CO2 laser at Pelindaba, gave a surprisingly good result but could not be repeated after the laser chain was dismantled when South Africa's uranium isotope programme was closed. The second, conducted with a kilowatt CO2 laser module, produced unexpectedly weak propulsion. We give reasons for the discrepancy between the two experiments. In the third experiment, hybrid solar and laser propulsion was tested: laser momentum coupling was enhanced as a result of generation of a dusty plasma by the concentrated solar energy.
Complete list of metadata

Contributor : Réunion Univ Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 11:23:57 AM
Last modification on : Monday, April 11, 2022 - 3:56:16 PM
Long-term archiving on: : Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - 6:37:18 PM


Publication funded by an institution


Distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License


  • HAL Id : hal-03543745, version 1


M Michaelis, A Forbes, W Klopper, Hassan Bencherif, S Jolivet, et al.. Laser propulsion activity in South Africa. South African Journal of Science, AOSIS, 2006. ⟨hal-03543745⟩



Record views


Files downloads