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Realization of a 50-watt facility-class sodium guidestar pump laser
Author(s): Craig A. Denman; Paul D. Hillman; Gerald T. Moore; John M. Telle; Joseph E. Preston; Jack D. Drummond; Robert Q. Fugate
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Paper Abstract

A CW Na guidestar excitation source has been constructed and installed on the 3.5-m telescope at the Starfire Optical Range. This device is comprised of injection-locked Nd:YAG ring lasers operating at 1064 nm and 1319 nm and a doubly resonant cavity where sum-frequency generation of these wavelengths in LBO produces a diffraction-limited linearly-polarized 589-nm beam. Up to 50 W of 589-nm light for mesospheric guide-star generation has been produced. The injection-locked Nd:YAG lasers are capable of operating at up to 100 watts at 1064 nm and 60 watts at 1319 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2005
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5707, Solid State Lasers XIV: Technology and Devices, (27 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.613370
Show Author Affiliations
Craig A. Denman, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Starfire Optical Range (United States)
Paul D. Hillman, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Starfire Optical Range (United States)
Gerald T. Moore, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Starfire Optical Range (United States)
John M. Telle, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Starfire Optical Range (United States)
Joseph E. Preston, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
The Boeing Co. (United States)
Jack D. Drummond, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Starfire Optical Range (United States)
Robert Q. Fugate, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Starfire Optical Range (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5707:
Solid State Lasers XIV: Technology and Devices
Hanna J. Hoffman; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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