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Safety Design for Space Operations by Tommaso Sgobba, Paul Wilde, Isabelle Rongier, Firooz Allahdadi

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Chapter 11

Safety of Ground-based Space Laser Application

Karl U. Schreiber

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11.1 Introduction

Shortly after the predictions of quantum mechanics for an optical maser had been demonstrated experimentally and with the advent of ruby pulse lasers capable of generating short laser pulses with a width of about 5 ns, the concept of laser ranging quickly became a widely used technology. Since time represents the SI unit that can be measured with the highest resolution, it was convenient to measure distance as the time of ...

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