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High-power VCSELs for smart munitions
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Paper Abstract

The next generation of low-cost smart munitions will be capable of autonomously detecting and identifying targets aided partly by the ability to image targets with compact and robust scanning rangefinder and LADAR capabilities. These imaging systems will utilize arrays of high performance, low-cost semiconductor diode lasers capable of achieving high peak powers in pulses ranging from 5 to 25 nanoseconds in duration. Aerius Photonics is developing high-power Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) to meet the needs of these smart munitions applications. The authors will report the results of Aerius' development program in which peak pulsed powers exceeding 60 Watts were demonstrated from single VCSEL emitters. These compact packaged emitters achieved pulse energies in excess of 1.5 micro-joules with multi kilo-hertz pulse repetition frequencies. The progress of the ongoing effort toward extending this performance to arrays of VCSEL emitters and toward further improving laser slope efficiency will be reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6287, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing II, 628703 (1 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.679296
Show Author Affiliations
Jon Geske, Aerius Photonics, LLC (United States)
Michael MacDougal, Aerius Photonics, LLC (United States)
Garrett Cole, Aerius Photonics, LLC (United States)
Donald Snyder, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6287:
Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing II
William J. Thomes Jr.; Fred M. Dickey, Editor(s)

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