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High power free space optical link for rapid energy and data transmission
Author(s): Harbans S. Dhadwal; Jahangir Rastegar; Dake Feng; Philip Kwok
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Paper Abstract

Design and experimental data for a high power laser diode based free space point-to-point optical power/data link is presented. In time critical power up applications, such as providing power and guidance information to a munition shell just prior to deployment, energy of the order of 100 J needs to be transferred in under 10 s. Current inductive technology is slow and broadcasts a radio-frequency signal which is undesirable for stealth operation. Rapid energy transfer times require high irradiance levels at the surface of the photovoltaic cells, typically, exceeding 1000X suns. Through efficient thermal design of heat sinks, high optical to electrical power conversion efficiencies of 50%, which are usually attainable at low power levels of 1 W, are achievable at higher power levels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9837, Unmanned Systems Technology XVIII, 98370B (13 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2222909
Show Author Affiliations
Harbans S. Dhadwal, Omnitek Partners, LLC (United States)
Jahangir Rastegar, Omnitek Partners, LLC (United States)
Dake Feng, Omnitek Partners, LLC (United States)
Philip Kwok, Omnitek Partners, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9837:
Unmanned Systems Technology XVIII
Robert E. Karlsen; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker; Grant R. Gerhart, Editor(s)

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