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Optics Express

  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 12 — Dec. 6, 1999
  • pp: 292–301

Optical amplifier for space applications

Richard L. Fork, Spencer T. Cole, Lisa J. Gamble, William M. Diffey, and Andrew S. Keys  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 5, Issue 12, pp. 292-301 (1999)

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We describe an optical amplifier designed to amplify a spatially sampled component of an optical wavefront to kilowatt average power. The goal is means for implementing a strategy of spatially segmenting a large aperture wavefront, amplifying the individual segments, maintaining the phase coherence of the segments by active means, and imaging the resultant amplified coherent field. Applications of interest are the transmission of space solar power over multi-megameter distances, as to distant spacecraft, or to remote sites with no preexisting power grid.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3290) Lasers and laser optics : Laser arrays
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication

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Original Manuscript: October 25, 1999
Published: December 6, 1999

Richard L. Fork, Spencer Cole, William Diffey, Lisa Gamble, and Andrew Keys, "Optical amplifier for space applications," Opt. Express 5, 292-301 (1999)

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