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Tradeoff Between Laser Diodes And Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) For The Common Weapon Control System
Author(s): R. A. Greenwell
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Paper Abstract

High energy effects on fiber optic data systems generally fall into several categories, ranging from transient signal upset and burnout of its circuits to glass coloration and residual luminescence from the Cerenkov effect. These results occur from electron, proton, gamma, x-ray, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) effects. These variations exist because of different operational system applications and nuclear weapon effects in variable, natural environments. Fiber optic systems have become very desirable for military application because of the increased volume of information to be transferred. The optical power source is an important component in fiber optic transmission system. The preferred type of transmitter is either a laser diode or a light emitting diode (LED) made up of gallium aluminum arsenide (GaAlAs/GaAs) materials. The selection of this source is based on its reliability, price, and compatibility with the rest of the components in the transmission system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 1982
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0328, Laser and Laser Systems Reliability, (23 July 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933887
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R. A. Greenwell, Naval Ocean Systems Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0328:
Laser and Laser Systems Reliability
Gary A. Evans, Editor(s)

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