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Laser system development for the LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) mission
Author(s): Kenji Numata; Anthony W. Yu; Hua Jiao; Scott A. Merritt; Frankie Micalizzi; Molly E. Fahey; Jordan B. Camp; Michael A. Krainak
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Paper Abstract

A highly stable and long-lifetime laser system is a key component of the space-based Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, which is designed to detect gravitational waves from various astronomical sources. We are developing such laser system at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Our baseline architecture for the LISA laser consists of a low-power, low-noise small Nd:YAG non-planar ring oscillator (micro NPRO) followed by a diodepumped Yb-fiber amplifier with ~2 W output. In this paper, we will describe our progress to date and plans to demonstrate a technology readiness level (TRL) 6 LISA laser system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10896, Solid State Lasers XXVIII: Technology and Devices, 108961H (7 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2508181
Show Author Affiliations
Kenji Numata, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Anthony W. Yu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Hua Jiao, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Scott A. Merritt, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Frankie Micalizzi, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Molly E. Fahey, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jordan B. Camp, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael A. Krainak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10896:
Solid State Lasers XXVIII: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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