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Quasi-cw laser diode bar life tests
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Paper Abstract

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is developing technology for satellite-based, high peak power, LIDAR transmitting requiring 3-5 years of reliable operation. Semi-conductor laser diodes provide high efficiency pumping of solid state lasers with the promise of long-lived, reliable operation. 100-watt quasi-CW laser diode bars have been baselined for the next generation laser altimeters. Multi-billion shot lifetimes are required. The authors have monitored the performance of several diodes for billions of shots and investigated operational modes for improving diode lifetime.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3244, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1997, (20 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.307021
Show Author Affiliations
M. A. Stephen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael Anthony Krainak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Joseph Louis Dallas, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3244:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1997
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Mark R. Kozlowski; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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