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Enhanced functionality and reliability testing of laser-initiated systems
Author(s): Carter F. Hand; Alane Petrowski; François Brunet
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Paper Abstract

Laser initiation of explosive material requires consistent achievement of specific optical power densities and extremely high reliability under a wide variety of harsh environmental conditions. Ensuring successful and timely detonation drives laser diode-based systems towards testing algorithms that far exceed the standard Telcordia GR-468 qualifications. As diode technology advances, options for increased power density and alternate system configurations expand. An understanding of the basis of diode laser reliability in this application will be provided, along with key optical system metrics for a variety of current and future LIO systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7434, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing V, 743408 (31 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.842352
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Carter F. Hand, Alfalight, Inc. (United States)
Alane Petrowski, Alfalight, Inc. (United States)
François Brunet, Alfalight, Inc. (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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