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Realization of a 50-watt facility-class sodium guidestar pump laser

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Craig A. Denman, Paul D. Hillman, Gerald T. Moore, John M. Telle, Jack D. Drummond, Robert Q. Fugate

Air Force Research Lab. (USA) and Starfire Optical Range (USA)

Joseph E. Preston

Air Force Research Lab. (USA) and The Boeing Co. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 5707, Solid State Lasers XIV: Technology and Devices, 46 (May 05, 2005); doi:10.1117/12.613370
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  • Solid State Lasers XIV: Technology and Devices
  • Hanna J. Hoffman; Ramesh K. Shori
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abstract

A CW Na guidestar excitation source has been constructed and installed on the 3.5-m telescope at the Starfire Optical Range. This device is comprised of injection-locked Nd:YAG ring lasers operating at 1064 nm and 1319 nm and a doubly resonant cavity where sum-frequency generation of these wavelengths in LBO produces a diffraction-limited linearly-polarized 589-nm beam. Up to 50 W of 589-nm light for mesospheric guide-star generation has been produced. The injection-locked Nd:YAG lasers are capable of operating at up to 100 watts at 1064 nm and 60 watts at 1319 nm.

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Craig A. Denman ; Paul D. Hillman ; Gerald T. Moore ; John M. Telle ; Joseph E. Preston, et al.
"Realization of a 50-watt facility-class sodium guidestar pump laser", Proc. SPIE 5707, Solid State Lasers XIV: Technology and Devices, 46 (May 05, 2005); doi:10.1117/12.613370; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.613370


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