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Air Force program in coherent semiconductor lasers
Author(s): Ruth D. Kennett; John C. Frazier
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Paper Abstract

The Air Force has played a leading role in the development of coherent semiconductor diode lasers since 1985. Because of their high efficiency and small size, these lasers have great potential for use in a variety of applications. In order to advance the technical base in the area of semiconductor lasers, the Air Force has awarded many development contracts as well as established a strong in-house modelling and characterization capability. This paper discusses the various techniques for achieving high-power, coherent, semiconductor laser sources. Among these are the use of broad area, single stripe sources, linear edge emitting arrays, surface emitting arrays, external cavities, and a phase conjugate master oscillator power amplifier system. The various techniques and their relative merits are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1501, Advanced Laser Concepts and Applications, (1 October 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46862
Show Author Affiliations
Ruth D. Kennett, Phillips Lab. (United States)
John C. Frazier, Phillips Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1501:
Advanced Laser Concepts and Applications
Sidney Singer, Editor(s)

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