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6 August 1993 Evolution and future of the multiple-diode laser
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Proceedings Volume 1866, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies V; (1993)
Event: OE/LASE'93: Optics, Electro-Optics, and Laser Applications in Scienceand Engineering, 1993, Los Angeles, CA, United States
The diode combiner, or multiple diode laser (MDL), as it is currently known, was conceived at McDonnell Douglas and development started in 1984. Since that time some five generations have been developed and tested. Currently the multiple diode laser is baselined on a military crosslink. As single mode diode sources increase in power with demonstrated reliability, the usefulness of the multiple diode laser seems assured. Even where new high power semiconductor technology emerges, such as the Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA), the combining technique still offers advantages to the laser crosslink designer. The development and current status of this laser is examined along with some of the options available to designers of future laser communication crosslinks.
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John E. Jackson, Amos J. Chenoweth, Douglas W. Dreisewerd, Steve Lambert, and William Casey "Evolution and future of the multiple-diode laser", Proc. SPIE 1866, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies V, (6 August 1993);


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