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Reliability of low-power laser diodes
Author(s): Richard H. Maurer; C. Brent Bargeron; Elbert Nhan; Terry E. Phillips
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Paper Abstract

The potential applications of space systems employing laser diodes in guidance, control, and scientific instruments have begun to emerge. For example, the Near Earth Asteroid Rondezvous (NEAR) project sponsored by NASA will contain a laser rangefinder. NEAR is a 4-year mission. For the first 3 years (about 26,000 h) it will cruise to the asteroid Eros, and its laser diodes will be dormant. A fourth year will be spent in orbit around Eros and will require the diodes to operate reliably for about 10,000 h. The array of laser diodes will be used to pump a Nd:YAG element in the Near laser transmitter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 1995
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2482, Photonics for Space Environments III, (30 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.210529
Show Author Affiliations
Richard H. Maurer, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
C. Brent Bargeron, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Elbert Nhan, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Terry E. Phillips, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2482:
Photonics for Space Environments III
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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