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Potassium Lamp For Space Laser Communications
Author(s): Norman C. Anderson; R. M. F. Linford; James M. Heitman
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Paper Abstract

A potassium vapor arc lamp has been developed for use as the optical pump source in a Nd:YAG space communications laser. The 250 W dc, sapphire envelope lamp is significantly more efficient than conventional optical pumps such as krypton arc lamps and tungsten in-candescent lamps at laser power levels required for the space communications application, is longer lived, and is ruggedized to survive a spacecraft launch environment. The lamp has a compact single envelope configuration and is capable of operation in ambient air. In this paper features of the lamp design are described and lamp performance characteristics are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 1978
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0150, Laser and Fiber Optics Communications, (21 December 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956698
Show Author Affiliations
Norman C. Anderson, ILC Technology, Inc. (United States)
R. M. F. Linford, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. (United States)
James M. Heitman, Air Force Avionics Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0150:
Laser and Fiber Optics Communications
Monte Ross, Editor(s)

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