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Space Qualified Diode Pumped Slab Laser
Author(s): Larry E. Long; RoseMary Ryan Benoist; Theodore W. Kononelski
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Paper Abstract

A Q-switched diode pumped Nd:YAG zig-zag slab laser has been designed, packaged, and qualified for use as a laser source in a space borne laser radar (LADAR) experiment. This paper discusses the design of the diode pumped slab head, resonator cavity, rugged optics, electronics and thermal system. Also discussed are functional and qualification test results. Testing included operation over wide temperature ranges and while vented in a vacuum, as well as endurance through severe launch vibrations. High reliability, comparable cost, and reduced size, weight, and power consumption are advantages of diode pumped lasers. In addition, low operating voltages reduce EMI. This laser demonstrated the viability of diode pumped slab lasers for tactical and space applications

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 1989
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1040, High Power and Solid State Lasers II, (6 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951178
Show Author Affiliations
Larry E. Long, McDonnell Douglas Electronics Systems Company (United States)
RoseMary Ryan Benoist, McDonnell Douglas Electronics Systems Company (United States)
Theodore W. Kononelski, McDonnell Douglas Electronics Systems Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1040:
High Power and Solid State Lasers II
George Dube, Editor(s)

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