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Fiber lasers and amplifiers for space-based science and exploration
Author(s): Anthony W. Yu; Michael A. Krainak; Mark A. Stephen; Jeffrey R. Chen; Barry Coyle; Kenji Numata; Jordan B. Camp; James B. Abshire; Graham R. Allan; Steven X. Li; Haris Riris
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Paper Abstract

We present current and near-term uses of high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers for NASA science and spacecraft applications. Fiber lasers and amplifiers offer numerous advantages for the deployment of instruments on exploration and science remote sensing satellites. Ground-based and airborne systems provide an evolutionary path to space and a means for calibration and verification of space-borne systems. NASA fiber-laser-based instruments include laser sounders and lidars for measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide, oxygen, water vapor and methane and a pulsed or pseudo-noise (PN) code laser ranging system in the near infrared (NIR) wavelength band. The associated fiber transmitters include high-power erbium, ytterbium, and neodymium systems and a fiber laser pumped optical parametric oscillator. We discuss recent experimental progress on these systems and instrument prototypes for ongoing development efforts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8237, Fiber Lasers IX: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 823713 (15 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.916069
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Anthony W. Yu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael A. Krainak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark A. Stephen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jeffrey R. Chen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Barry Coyle, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kenji Numata, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jordan B. Camp, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
James B. Abshire, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Graham R. Allan, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Steven X. Li, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Haris Riris, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8237:
Fiber Lasers IX: Technology, Systems, and Applications
Eric C. Honea; Sami T. Hendow, Editor(s)

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