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A Short Pulse-Width Laser For Underwater Applications
Author(s): Michael B. Rankin; Gerald D. Ferguson
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Paper Abstract

Pulse transmission mode (PTM) Q-Switching of an Nd:YAG oscillator was investigated for use in airborne laser bathymetry system transmitters. Peak powers of 4.7 to 6.3 MW were generated at 1.06 μm at repetition rates up to 50 Hz with a pump energy of 6.19 joules. Frequency doubling with CD*A produced a peak power of 2.46 MW at 0.532 µm with a conversion efficiency of 52%. Pulse widths of 6 nanoseconds were obtained at 1.06 µm, and 5 nanoseconds at 0.532 µm. The pulse width was limited by the commutation time of the Q-switch driver. Operation at increased PRF is also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 November 1978
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0160, Ocean Optics V, (10 November 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956854
Show Author Affiliations
Michael B. Rankin, Naval Air Development Center (United States)
Gerald D. Ferguson, Naval Air Development Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0160:
Ocean Optics V
Matthew B. White; Robert Stevenson, Editor(s)

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