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Boyer, Keith, 1915-
Oral history interview with Keith Boyer, 1984 November 5.
Boyer, former head of the laser division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, discusses the origins of the Los Alamos Laser Program, the influence of Air Force Weapons Laboratory (AFWL) High-energy Laser Program on his own program, the connection with his earlier nuclear rocket propulsion studies; Abraham Hertzberg's proposal of the gasdynamic laser concept and his visit to Los Alamos to discuss laser fusion. Los Alamos' growing interest in laser fusion in the 1960s, their awareness of Ray Kidder's work at Livermore, the three-pronged approach to laser fusion taken at Los Alamos, the development of interest in chemical lasers with AFWL support; in glass lasers; carbon dioxide laser fusion work; development of the electron-beam CO2 laser and patent dispute with AVCO; the Division of Military Application interest in isotope separation and weapons simulation; comparison with the Livermore program; molecular isotope separation program at Los Alamos vs. Livermore and Exxon Nuclear exploration of the atomic vapor process; influence of Basov & Aleksandr Prokhorov's work and others on Boyer's group; technical problems of compressing thermonuclear fuel; electron attachment instability; problem of the wavelength effect; computer codes and modeling; laser fusion target design; laser system designs; frequency conversion work for isotope separation; large CO lasers at Los Alamos; self-oscillation and target reflection problems in them; resonator optics of large CO2 laser; Helios Design; Antares design; Boyer's High Energy Laser Review Group participation and the contrast between Dept. of Defense and Dept. of Energy research and development policy. Also prominently mentioned are: Keith Brueckner, Fenstermacher, Dale B. Henderson, Arthur Kantrowitz, Moshe Luben, Phil Mace, H.N. Maxwell, Ray Mjolsness, Dick Morse and John Nuckolls.
Basov, N. G. (Nikolai Gennadievich), 1922-
Boyer, Keith, 1915-
Hertzberg, Abraham.
Kidder, R. E. (Ray E.)
Prokhorov, A. M. (Aleksandr Mikhań≠lovich), 1916-
Air Force Weapons Laboratory.
Avco-Everett Research Laboratory.
Exxon Corporation.
Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory. Laser Program.
Air Force Weapons Laboratory.
Isotope separation.
Lasers -- Patents.
Lasers -- Research.
Laser fusion.
Nuclear propulsion
Optical resonance.
Research and development contracts, Government.
Thermonuclear fuels.
Weapons -- Simulation methods.
Lasers
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Seidel, Robert W. interviewer.
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American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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