Laser brightness verification

T.H. Braid, A. De Volpi, C.L. Herzenberg, G.R. Ringo, G.S. Stanford, "Laser brightness verification," Science & Global Security, 2, no. 1, (1990): 59-78.
Limits on the brightness of ground-based lasers appear to be straightforward to define and, at high power and with cooperation, to monitor for verification of possible arms-control treaties. We suggest using potential brightness as the appropriate parameter to limit. Actual brightness is quite dependent on atmospheric conditions. The complexities of on-site monitoring and space-based lasers are discussed.

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