A 1064 nm, 1 mJ pulsed fiber MOPA module, housed in 16”x14”x2.5” package for application in a lunar and planetary in-situ surface dating instrument is demonstrated. The module is based on a three-stage MOPA with a 60 μm core tapered fiber terminal amplifier. The master oscillator and first two preamplifier stages, which generate 20 μJ pulses, are all contained on a 13”x11”x1” board. Several improvements to the electronic signal control were instrumental to the laser development, including bipolar drive of the phase modulator for SBS suppression, shaping of the seed pulse to compensate pulse steepening, and pulsed operation of the power amplifier pump to reduce spontaneous emission at low pulse repetition frequency. The packaged laser runs at a repetition rate of 10 kHz and generates 10 ns pulses at 1 mJ with a 40 GHz linewidth, an M2 ~ 1.2 beam quality, and an 18 dB polarization extinction ratio. The modular design enables seven independent lasers to be stacked in a 20”x18”x16.25” enclosure, supporting a path towards a fiber laser based LARIMS for advanced materials characterization and chronological dating in harsh and remote environments.
Xiaodong Mu, William Crain, Can Nguyen, Pavel Ionov, Paul Steinvurzel, Yaniv Dotan, Petras Karuza, William Lotshaw, Todd Rose, Steven Beck, and F. Scott Anderson, "Compact 1 mJ fiber MOPA for space-based laser-ablation resonant ionization mass spectrometry (LARIMS)," Proc. SPIE 10512, Fiber Lasers XV: Technology and Systems, 1051211 (Presented at SPIE LASE: January 31, 2018; Published: 26 February 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2295454.
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