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Optical Engineering

Development Of A Flyable Co2 Laser Beacon
Author(s): R. A. Hill; C. F. Brown; G. A. Griffith; L. V. Sutter; F A. Dolezal; R. D. Washburn; E. R. Peressini
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Paper Abstract

A low cost, four watt CO2 laser intended for use as either an expendable beacon or expendable source for proximity fuses has been developed by the Hughes Aircraft Company. The laser, excited by a 140 MHz rf power supply, has a modulation rate capability extending from dc to more than 100 kHz. The laser, dc-dc converter, and rf power supply weigh less than 1 kg. Although most of the intended applications require the laser to operate for only a few seconds, it has been tested for over 600 hours with negligible power degradation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1982
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 21(4) doi: 10.1117/12.7972978
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 21, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
R. A. Hill, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)
C. F. Brown, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)
G. A. Griffith, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)
L. V. Sutter, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)
F A. Dolezal, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)
R. D. Washburn, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)
E. R. Peressini, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)


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