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Characterization of a Nd:YAG double-pulsed laser system
Author(s): Julie A. Williams-Byrd; James C. Barnes; Norman P. Barnes; George E. Lockard; Alan D. Little; Curtis G. Banziger; Waverly D. Marsh; Charles Nichols
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Paper Abstract

A description of a frequency doubled, double pulsed Nd:YAG laser that is to be used to pump an injection locked Ti:Sapphire power oscillator is presented. These two lasers make up the transmitter portion of the Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment (LAWSE) instrument. LASE is a Lidar/DIAL experiment that is to measure water vapor in the troposphere. By utilizing the twin concept, both pulses can be produced with a single laser system, thereby minimizing cost, size, and weight. Alignment problems associated with having two separate lasers each produce one of the twin pulses are also alleviated. The LASE transmitter consists of a doubled pulsed Nd:YAG laser that will pump a Ti:Sapphire power oscillator that will be injection-locked by a diode laser. The wavelength of the Ti:Sapphire output will be tunable from 813 to 818 nm. A performance summary of the pump laser is given. The data verify that the pump laser can meet the performance requirements to pump the Ti:Sapphire power oscillator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1992
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1627, Solid State Lasers III, (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60147
Show Author Affiliations
Julie A. Williams-Byrd, NASA/Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
James C. Barnes, NASA/Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Norman P. Barnes, NASA/Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
George E. Lockard, NASA/Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Alan D. Little, NASA/Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Curtis G. Banziger, STX Corp. (United States)
Waverly D. Marsh, STX Corp. (United States)
Charles Nichols, STX Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1627:
Solid State Lasers III
Gregory J. Quarles, Editor(s)

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