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Evolution of a solid state laser
Author(s): R. M. Yamamoto; J. M. Parker; K. L. Allen; R. W. Allmon; K. F. Alviso; C. P. J. Barty; B. S. Bhachu; C. D. Boley; A. K. Burnham; R. L. Combs; K. P. Cutter; S. N. Fochs; S. A. Gonzales; R. L. Hurd; K. N. LaFortune; W. J. Manning; M. A. McClelland; R. D. Merrill; L. Molina; C. W. Parks; P. H. Pax; A. S. Posey; M. D. Rotter; B. M. Roy; A. M. Rubenchik; T. F. Soules; D. E. Webb
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Paper Abstract

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been developing compact solid state lasers since the 1990's. One of the first lasers to be developed utilized flashlamp pumped architecture and neodymium glass as the laser gain media. In the early 2000's, a diode pumped version of the original flashlamp pumped laser was designed and built, responding to the requirements that a laser system for the military be compact in both size and weight while creating significant power (~100 kW) for the missions envisioned. This paper will discuss the evolution of solid state lasers at LLNL and provide a glimpse into the types of capabilities that could be achieved in the near future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6552, Laser Source Technology for Defense and Security III, 655205 (10 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.720965
Show Author Affiliations
R. M. Yamamoto, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
J. M. Parker, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
K. L. Allen, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. W. Allmon, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
K. F. Alviso, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
C. P. J. Barty, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
B. S. Bhachu, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
C. D. Boley, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
A. K. Burnham, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. L. Combs, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
K. P. Cutter, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. N. Fochs, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
S. A. Gonzales, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. L. Hurd, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
K. N. LaFortune, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
W. J. Manning, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
M. A. McClelland, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
R. D. Merrill, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
L. Molina, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
C. W. Parks, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
P. H. Pax, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
A. S. Posey, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
M. D. Rotter, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
B. M. Roy, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
A. M. Rubenchik, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
T. F. Soules, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
D. E. Webb, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6552:
Laser Source Technology for Defense and Security III
Gary L. Wood; Mark A. Dubinskii, Editor(s)

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