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Overview of qualification protocol of fiber lasers for space applications
Author(s): Sami Hendow; Suzzanne Falvey; Burke Nelson; Lee Thienel; Thomas Drape
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we examine the various components that conceivably may be used in fiber lasers, together with a suggested Taxonomy for testing these classes of parts. These classes include passives, actives and active modules. Test protocol is suggested for qualification based on current methodologies employed in the fiber optic communications industry, but adapted to space conditions. These modifications include the additional environmental conditions imposed by space, namely thermal, vibration and radiation. Additionally, this test protocol is verified by executing a series of vibration, thermal (including vacuum) and radiation tests to examine its validity. A selected set of recently-developed commercial off-the-shelf fiber optic components (at 106x nm) are chosen for these tests. These include doped fibers, combiners, sources, pumps, isolators and fiber Bragg gratings. The scope for this work is limited to the environmental conditions of lower Earth orbit satellites, 100 to 1000km orbital altitude and up to 60 degrees inclination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6102, Fiber Lasers III: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 61021O (23 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.644184
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Sami Hendow, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Suzzanne Falvey, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Burke Nelson, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Lee Thienel, Jackson and Tull (United States)
Thomas Drape, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6102:
Fiber Lasers III: Technology, Systems, and Applications
Andrew J. W. Brown; Johan Nilsson; Donald J. Harter; Andreas Tünnermann, Editor(s)

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