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Evolution and future of the multiple-diode laser
Author(s): John E. Jackson; Amos J. Chenoweth; Douglas W. Dreisewerd; Steve Lambert; William Casey
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Paper Abstract

The diode combiner, or multiple diode laser (MDL), as it is currently known, was conceived at McDonnell Douglas and development started in 1984. Since that time some five generations have been developed and tested. Currently the multiple diode laser is baselined on a military crosslink. As single mode diode sources increase in power with demonstrated reliability, the usefulness of the multiple diode laser seems assured. Even where new high power semiconductor technology emerges, such as the Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA), the combining technique still offers advantages to the laser crosslink designer. The development and current status of this laser is examined along with some of the options available to designers of future laser communication crosslinks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1866, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies V, (6 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.149246
Show Author Affiliations
John E. Jackson, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Amos J. Chenoweth, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Douglas W. Dreisewerd, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Steve Lambert, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
William Casey, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1866:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies V
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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