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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 gas-dynamic laser concept and his visit to Los Alamos to discuss laser function.
University training at University of California, Berkeley, under John Whinnery and Charles Birdsall. The adaptation of the argon ion laser to an airborne reconnaissance system. Other laser researches are touched upon, including the gas dynamic laser and laser isotope separation. Relations between basic research and systems research at Hughes Aircraft Company. (See also the interview of W.B. Bridges by Richard Cunningham on file in the Laser History Project Archives).
One of the founders and leader of AVCO-Everett Laboratory's project on laser separation of uranium isotopes. Origins of the project; initial fears that it might facilitate proliferation of nuclear weapons; division of labor he effected with co-leader Richard Levy; technical problems to be overcome; formation of Jersey Nuclear-Avco Isotopes; turning to Department of Energy for money and demise of the project in 1986.