Developing and Modeling Fiber Amplifier Arrays
Technical note, Jun 2004-May 2006
NEW MEXICO UNIV REGENTS ALBUQUERQUE
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High Energy Lasers HEL are required for a number of military applications including missile defense. Electric lasers are considered the laser of choice in the long term since the energy supply is rechargeable and clean. The preferred type of electric laser is the semiconductor diode-pumped solid state laser, which integrates well with other sensors and electro-optical elements in an aerospace, land, or maritime environment. One method for scaling solid state lasers to high power is combining beams of a large number of lower power laser modules. These modules can be either oscillator laser modules or power amplifier modules. This effort was to analyze arrays of coherent fiber amplifiers and the beam quality associated with the fill factor, beam shape, and degree of coherence.
- Lasers and Masers
- Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics