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High energy, single frequency, tunable laser source operating in burst mode for space based lidar applications
Author(s): Alberto Cosentino; Alessia Mondello; Adalberto Sapia; Alessandro D'Ottavi; Mauro Brotini; Enzo Nava; Emanuele Stucchi; Franco Trespidi; Cristina Mariottini; Paul Wazen; Nicolas Falletto; Michel Fruit

Paper Abstract

This paper describes the laser transmitter assembly used in the ALADIN instrument currently in C/D development phase for the ESA ADM-AEOLUS mission (EADS Astrium as prime contractor for the satellite and the instrument).

The Laser Transmitter Assembly (TXA), based on a diode pumped tripled Nd:YAG laser, is used to generate tunable laser pulses of 150 mJ at a nominal wavelength of 355 nm. This laser is operated in burst mode, with a pulse repetition cycle of 100 Hz.

The TXA is composed of the following units: a diodepumped CW Nd:YAG Laser named Reference Laser Head (RLH), used to inject a diode-pumped, Q-switched, amplified and frequency tripled Nd:YAG Laser working in the third harmonic referred as Power Laser Head (PLH) and a Transmitter Laser Electronics (TLE) containing all the control and power electronics needed for PLH and RLH operation.

The TXA is made by an European consortium under the leadership of Galileo Avionica (It), and including CESI (It), Quantel (Fr), TESAT (Ge) and Thales (Fr).

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10568, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004, 1056817 (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308024
Show Author Affiliations
Alberto Cosentino, Galileo Avionica (Italy)
Alessia Mondello, Galileo Avionica (Italy)
Adalberto Sapia, Galileo Avionica (Italy)
Alessandro D'Ottavi, Galileo Avionica (Italy)
Mauro Brotini, Galileo Avionica (Italy)
Enzo Nava, CESI (Italy)
Emanuele Stucchi, CESI (Italy)
Franco Trespidi, CESI (Italy)
Cristina Mariottini, CESI (Italy)
Paul Wazen, QUANTEL (France)
Nicolas Falletto, QUANTEL (France)
Michel Fruit, EADS Astrium (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10568:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo, Editor(s)

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