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Space qualified laser sources
Author(s): Frank Heine; Thomas Schwander; Robert Lange; Berry Smutny
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Paper Abstract

Tesat-Spacecom has developed a series of fiber coupled single frequency lasers for space applications ranging from onboard metrology for space borne FTIR spectrometers to step tunable seed lasers for LIDAR applications. The cw-seed laser developed for the ESA AEOLUS Mission shows a 3* 10-11 Allen variance from 1 sec time intervals up to 1000 sec. Q-switched lasers with stable beam pointing under space environments are another field of development. One important aspect of a space borne laser system is a reliable fiber coupled laser diode pump source around 808nm. A dedicated development concerning chip design and packaging yielded in a 5*106h MTTF (mean time to failure) for the broad area emitters. Qualification and performance test results for the different laser assemblies will be presented and their application in the different space programs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6189, Optical Sensing II, 61892I (22 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.678601
Show Author Affiliations
Frank Heine, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Thomas Schwander, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Robert Lange, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Berry Smutny, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6189:
Optical Sensing II
Brian Culshaw; Anna G. Mignani; Hartmut Bartelt; Leszek R. Jaroszewicz, Editor(s)

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