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Direct-diode laser illumination and pointing at eye-safe SWIR wavelengths
Author(s): Nick Moor; John Goings; Prabhu Thiagarajan; Brian Caliva
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Paper Abstract

Military, industrial, and medical applications have expressed interest in using ~1550nm laser diodes as efficient laser sources for reduced eye safety concerns, especially where free-space propagation is concerned. In addition, covert military applications, including pointers and illuminators, benefit from the spectral insensitivity of common sensor types to ~1.5um wavelengths. While more efficient than other sources, high-power broad-area laser diodes can sometimes require complex packaging and beam shaping/combining optics in order to meet requirements for brightness, uniformity, stray light, and environmental insensitivity. This paper will highlight and discuss a range of developments exploring laser diode components near 1.5um for free-space military applications, including broadarea high-power illuminators and highly-collimated pointers. Options for tailored beam conditioning and performance results will also be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2017
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10192, Laser Technology for Defense and Security XIII, 101920H (1 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2262721
Show Author Affiliations
Nick Moor, Lasertel, Inc. (United States)
John Goings, Lasertel, Inc. (United States)
Prabhu Thiagarajan, Lasertel, Inc. (United States)
Brian Caliva, Lasertel, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10192:
Laser Technology for Defense and Security XIII
Mark Dubinskii; Stephen G. Post, Editor(s)

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