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Dr. Claude Phipps earned his Ph.D. in plasma physics for the first laser-plasma interaction experiment at Stanford University in 1972, measuring ion and electron velocity distributions in a "Penning Discharge" from color shifts in the light scattered from a narrowband pulsed laser beam
. This technique is called Thomson Scattering and is still used today in plasma diagnostics.


He has always worked to improve our environment. At Livermore, he worked with Dr. Ray Kidder on the early inertial confinement fusion effort there, hoping to develop an inexhaustible source of power. At Los Alamos, Phipps worked in laser device research and began a program in pulsed laser removal of space debris, a dangerous threat to space research and space travel. Phipps and two colleagues began the Los Alamos laser effects program in 1983, using lasers from the UK to Albuquerque to measure the momentum ("impulse") lasers can deliver to many different materials. Theory he developed from that data is still widely used.


He was Associate Director for the Alliance for Photonic Technology from 1992 until 1995. This was a collaborative effort with UNM, Kirtland AFB and Sandia National Labs to commercialize photonics research in the Rio Grande Corridor. It succeed in creating several Cooperative Research & Development programs at all the Labs.


In 1995, he founded Photonic Associates, LLC to investigate the new field of laser space propulsion, of which debris removal is a special case. Dr. Phipps invented the ground-based ORION concept for clearing space debris. He now favors space-based laser stations ("L'ADROIT") for this purpose. Raising defunct GEO satellites into graveyard orbits is another application. Did I mention laser rockets? We've published on this recently!


International conferences: Dr. Phipps has organized and chaired twelve international conferences on High Power Laser Ablation since 1998, in Santa Fe, Osaka and Taos. HPLA 2018 had 150 attendees, from 16 countries [26 from France!]. It was a great success. HPLA2021 occurred virtually the week of April 11, 2021.


Then, we will have an in-person meeting hosted by SPIE at Hotel La Fonda, February 25 March 1, 2024.


Our keynote speakers include Dr. Andrea Kritcher of LLNL discussing the achievement of ignition there in December, Dr. Razvan Stoian discussing ultrafast laser extreme volume nanostructuring, and Dr. Sergio Carbajo discussing next generation attosecond physics.


PALLC is a veteran-owned, Santa Fe high-technology company.


We are proud to have included among our clients:


  •       AEgis Technologies Group, Huntsville, AL

             AFRL Edwards AFB

             Alliant Tech Systems, Newington, VA

            Anteon Corporation, Dayton, OH

            Bekey Designs, Inc., Annandale, VA

             Data Technology, Inc., Woburn, MA

         Enerpulse Technologies, Holdings, Belleveue, WA

             Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

             NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

              NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center, Huntsville, AL

              Northeast Science and Technology, Williamsburg, VA

           Red Cone Research, Conifer, CO

              Sirius Associates, Huntsville, AL

               US Air Force Office of Scientific Research

               US Department of Defense

               US Missile Defense Agency


PA analytical and numerical models:

              A widely-used analytical model for predicting pressure generation on opaque surfaces in vacuum, caused by  laser pulse duration from 100ps to 1ms, across the spectrum from excimer to carbon dioxide laser wavelengths.

                 Codes to calculate 1-D pressure and impulse, and the transition between the vapor regime and plasma-dominated regimes

               Simulation of ground-to-orbit flight of a cone-shaped ablation-driven vehicle through a real atmosphere with velocity- and density-dependent drag coefficient

Dr. Phipps' selected publications are here.


PA products are summarized here.


Please check out our Springer Book, "No Wonder you Wonder," which we  hope makes science and technology interesting to young folks and their folks! It is in the top 1/2% of Springer Physics book sales. Buy my book!


Responsive to growing demand for electric and hybrid cars repair professionals, we also have a line of high voltage battery chargers and related equipment. We specialize in custom designs! Take a look!


Finally, an embryonic opinion page is here or, if you're French, here or here

Dr. Claude Phipps


Dr. Phipps speaking in Chengdu



Make a Laser Rocket



Raising GEO Satellites



Laser Space Propulsion



Laser Plasma Thruster



300 Volt, 20A BatteryCharger