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Assembly and characterization of a prototype laser-optical firing system
Author(s): Gregg L. Morelli
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Paper Abstract

The design, assembly and characterization of the latest generation of a small, ruggedized laser-optical firing system will be discussed. This work builds upon earlier results in an effort to continue the development of robust fiber-coupled laseroptical firing systems.[1][2] This newest prototype strives to improve on earlier designs, while continuing to utilize many of the environmentally proven opto-mechanical sub-assemblies.[2][3] One area of improvement involves the implementation of a second optical safing and arming component. Several additional design improvements were also incorporated to address shortcomings uncovered during environmental testing.[4][5] These tests and the subsequent failure analysis were performed at the laser sub-system level. Four identical prototypes were assembled and characterized. The performance of the units were evaluated by comparing a number of parameters including laser output energy, slope efficiency, beam divergence, spatial intensity profile, fiber injection and splitter-coupler transmission efficiency. Other factors evaluated were the ease of alignment, repeatability of the alignment process and the fabrication of the fiberoptical cables. The experimentally obtained results will be compared and contrasted to the performance of earlier prototypes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7434, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing V, 743405 (29 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826759
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Gregg L. Morelli, NNSA's Kansas City Plant (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7434:
Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing V
Fred M. Dickey; Richard A. Beyer, Editor(s)

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