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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2006
  • pp: 5752–5757

Performance of high-power laser diode arrays for spaceborne lasers

Yannig Durand, Alain Culoma, Roland Meynart, Jean-Luc Pinsard, and Gerard Volluet  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 22, pp. 5752-5757 (2006)

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The adequacy of commercial quasi-continuous high-power laser diode arrays (HPLDAs) as pump sources for spaceborne lasers has been assessed by endurance tests up to 3 × 10 9 shots under various stress conditions, vacuum operation up to 0.36 × 10 9 shots, and proton radiation tests. Observations of the evolution of the electro-optic parameters and of the near-field patterns of the HPLDAs during endurance tests have revealed that some diode bars could reach the required lifetime of a multibillion shots, suggesting how to build long lifetime HPLDAs by proper selection of the diode bars. The robustness of the HPLDAs against the proton environment experienced in a typical low Earth orbit has been checked. Finally, high-power laser diode arrays have been operated under vacuum, showing a behavior similar to that of HPLDAs operating in atmospheric conditions.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2010) Lasers and laser optics : Diode laser arrays
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.5560) Lasers and laser optics : Pumping
(350.4800) Other areas of optics : Optical standards and testing
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 26, 2005
Revised Manuscript: February 14, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 7, 2006

Yannig Durand, Alain Culoma, Roland Meynart, Jean-Luc Pinsard, and Gerard Volluet, "Performance of high-power laser diode arrays for spaceborne lasers," Appl. Opt. 45, 5752-5757 (2006)

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