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Review of solid-state lasers for space applications (Tutorial)
Author(s): Robert S. Afzal
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Paper Abstract

Solid-state lasers have been in use for space applications since the early days of the space program. To date most of the lasers have been pulsed Nd:YAG lasers and with the development of diode laser technology as pump sources, performance improvements in lifetime, weight and efficiency have been the key drivers to enable space missions. This paper will review the lasers used on various missions and discuss their designs and performance in light of their mission requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6100, Solid State Lasers XV: Technology and Devices, 61001U (28 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.660699
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Robert S. Afzal, Goddard Space Flight Ctr., NASA (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6100:
Solid State Lasers XV: Technology and Devices
Hanna J. Hoffman; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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