Design, performance, and environmental screening of flight prototype Ytterbium amplifiers designed for the Mars Laser Communications Demonstration are described. The high-reliability design delivered >8-W average power with low-duty-cycle PPM waveforms and >21% electrical-to-optical conversion efficiency.
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(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.4480) Lasers and laser optics : Optical amplifiers
N. W. Spellmeyer, D. O. Caplan, B. S. Robinson, D. Sandberg, M. L. Stevens, M. M. Willis, D. V. Gapontsev, N. S. Platonov, and A. Yusim, " A High-Efficiency Ytterbium-Doped Fiber Amplifier Designed for Interplanetary Laser Communications," in Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and The National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper OMF2.
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