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New low-CTE ultrahigh-thermal-conductivity materials for lidar laser diode packaging
Author(s): Carl Zweben
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Paper Abstract

Laser diode packaging affects reliability, power level and weight (mass). Traditional thermal management materials - copper, copper/tungsten, copper/molybdenum, etc. - all have serious deficiencies. In the last few years there have been revolutionary thermal management material advances. There are now over 15 low-CTE, low-density materials having thermal conductivities that range from that of copper (400 W/m-K) to four times that of copper (1600 W/m-K). They are being used in an increasing number of commercial and aerospace applications. Some are low cost. Others have low cost potential in high volumes. Several are space qualified. This paper discusses the large and increasing number of advanced thermal management materials, including properties, applications, space qualification, cost, lessons learned, how to use composites to fix manufacturing problems, and future directions, including nanocomposites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5887, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring VI, 58870D (31 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.620175
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Carl Zweben, Thermal Management and Composite Materials Consultant (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5887:
Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring VI
Upendra N. Singh, Editor(s)

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