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Efficient high peak power transmitter using semiconductor lasers with an external cavity
Author(s): G. Stephen Mecherle
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Paper Abstract

A method of efficient, high peak power transmitter operation for communications and radar applications is described. The approach provides a means of energy storage for laser diodes using an external resonant cavity with a CW pump source. This technique enables laser diodes to offer higher efficiency alternatives to cavity-dumped ionic solid state lasers (e.g. Nd:YAG) for medium data rate (1 - 50 Mbps) communications using pulse position modulation, or for moderate power laser radar applications. This technique was awarded U.S. patent no. 5,283,801.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2381, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VII, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207411
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G. Stephen Mecherle, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2381:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VII
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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