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25 September 2009 Infrared semiconductor laser modules for DIRCM applications
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We report on the concept, realization and performance data of infrared semiconductor laser modules serving as compact and robust laser sources for a Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) system. While the 2-2.5 μm atmospheric transmission window is covered by a GaSb-based optically pumped semiconductor disk laser (OPSDL), delivering a continuous-wave (cw) or temporally modulated output of ≥ 1 W with a high beam quality (M2 < 3), an external cavity (EC) quantum cascade (QC) laser module is used to cover the 4.5-5 μm spectral range. The EC-QC laser concept allows efficient spectral beam combining of the output of several QC laser located side-by-side on the same semiconductor chip, while preserving the high-quality output beam of a single emitter. Both the OPSDL and the EC-QC laser have been integrated into rugged laser modules, comprising also all necessary power supply and control electronics, ready for use in field trials.
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J. Wagner, S. Hugger, B. Rösener, F. Fuchs, M. Rattunde, Q. Yang, W. Bronner, R. Aidam, K. Köhler, M. Raab, E. Romasew, and H. D. Tholl "Infrared semiconductor laser modules for DIRCM applications", Proc. SPIE 7483, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VI, 74830F (25 September 2009); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.830342
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