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Miniature solid-state lasers for pointing, illumination, and warning devices
Author(s): D. C. Brown; J. M Singley; E. Yager; K. Kowalewski; B. Lotito; J. Guelzow; J. Hildreth; J. W. Kuper
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we review the current status of and progress towards higher power and more wavelength diverse diode-pumped solid-state miniature lasers. Snake Creek Lasers now offers unprecedented continuous wave (CW) output power from 9.0 mm and 5.6 mm TO type packages, including the smallest green laser in the world, the MicroGreenTM laser, and the highest density green laser in the world, the MiniGreenTM laser. In addition we offer an infrared laser, the MiniIRTM, operating at 1064 nm, and have just introduced a blue Mini laser operating at 473 nm in a 9.0 mm package. Recently we demonstrated over 1 W of output power at 1064 nm from a 12 mm TO type package, and green output power from 300-500 mW from the same 12 mm package. In addition, the company is developing a number of other innovative new miniature CW solid-state lasers operating at 750 nm, 820 nm, 458 nm, and an eye-safe Q-switched laser operating at 1550 nm. We also review recently demonstrated combining volume Bragg grating (VBG) technology has been combined with automatic power control (APC) to produce high power MiniGreenTM lasers whose output is constant to ± 10 % over a wide temperature range, without the use of a thermoelectric cooler (TEC). This technology is expected to find widespread application in military and commercial applications where wide temperature operation is particularly important. It has immediate applications in laser pointers, illuminators, and laser flashlights, and displays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6952, Laser Source Technology for Defense and Security IV, 69520R (14 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.777700
Show Author Affiliations
D. C. Brown, Snake Creek Lasers, LLC (United States)
J. M Singley, Snake Creek Lasers, LLC (United States)
E. Yager, Snake Creek Lasers, LLC (United States)
K. Kowalewski, Snake Creek Lasers, LLC (United States)
B. Lotito, Snake Creek Lasers, LLC (United States)
J. Guelzow, Snake Creek Lasers, LLC (United States)
J. Hildreth, Snake Creek Lasers, LLC (United States)
J. W. Kuper, Snake Creek Lasers, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6952:
Laser Source Technology for Defense and Security IV
Mark Dubinskii; Gary L. Wood, Editor(s)

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