Characterization of Quantum Well Laser Diodes for Application within the AMRDEC HWIL Facilities
OPTICAL SCIENCES CORP HUNTSVILLE AL
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The U.S. Armys Research, Development, and Engineering Commands RDECOM Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center AMRDEC provides Hardware-in-the-Loop HWIL test support to numerous tactical and theatre missile programs. Critical to the successful execution of these tests is the state-of-the-art technologies employed in the visible and infrared scene projector systems. This paper describes the results of characterization tests performed on new mid-wave infrared MWIR quantum well laser diodes recently provided to AMRDEC by the Naval Research Labs and Sarnoff Industries. These lasers provide a IOX improvement in MWIR output power over the previous technology of lead-salt laser diodes. Performance data on output power, linearity, and solid-angle coverage are presented. A discussion of the laser packages is also provided.
- Lasers and Masers
- Quantum Theory and Relativity