31 August 2009 Enhanced functionality and reliability testing of laser-initiated systems
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Laser initiation of explosive material requires consistent achievement of specific optical power densities and extremely high reliability under a wide variety of harsh environmental conditions. Ensuring successful and timely detonation drives laser diode-based systems towards testing algorithms that far exceed the standard Telcordia GR-468 qualifications. As diode technology advances, options for increased power density and alternate system configurations expand. An understanding of the basis of diode laser reliability in this application will be provided, along with key optical system metrics for a variety of current and future LIO systems.
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Carter F. Hand, Alane Petrowski, François Brunet, "Enhanced functionality and reliability testing of laser-initiated systems", Proc. SPIE 7434, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing V, 743408 (31 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.842352; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.842352


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