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Review of polarization techniques for optimal performance of one and two color wavelength laser range finders and designators
Author(s): Marco A. Avila
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Paper Abstract

Laser range finders (LRF) and target designators (TD) for military applications usually have stringent environmental requirements for optimal performance. Current technology and system architectures need LRF and TD lasers to function in more than one color (near IR and eye safe wavelengths) for multiple ground and airborne applications. In addition, these kind of lasers need to be packaged inside a small space for portability. It is for these reasons that a folded crossed porro-polarization- out coupled resonators is usually the chosen geometry. This work will explore polarization techniques to design a laser resonator cavity that works perfectly for more than one color, sometimes without the need of actual birefringence components (i.e waveplates) to achieve the goal of a stable laser resonator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9346, Components and Packaging for Laser Systems, 93460J (20 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2080414
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Marco A. Avila, Space and Airborne Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9346:
Components and Packaging for Laser Systems
Alexei L. Glebov; Paul O. Leisher, Editor(s)

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