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Development of a pulsed laser system for laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)
Author(s): J. Neumann; T. Lang; R. Huss; M. Ernst; A. Moalem; C. Kolleck; D. Kracht

Paper Abstract

A prototype of a compact light-weight passively Q-switched diode pumped Nd:YLF solid-state laser system for harsh environments has been developed. It emits 2ns pulses at a wavelength of 1053nm with a repetition rate of up to 50Hz and an energy of 1.5mJ. The beam propagation factor M2-has a value of 1.2. The total mass of the prototype electronics, consisting of an electronic board including pump diodes and thermal control to be accommodated with other electronics in a shared electronics box, and the complete solid-state laser head is 189g with further potential for mass reduction with respect to a flight model development. Applications of this laser system are amongst others laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for planetary surface exploration or short range altimetry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10564, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012, 105642J (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309093
Show Author Affiliations
J. Neumann, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
T. Lang, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
R. Huss, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
M. Ernst, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
A. Moalem, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
C. Kolleck, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)
D. Kracht, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10564:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012
Bruno Cugny; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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