1 August 1982 Development Of A Flyable Co2 Laser Beacon
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A low cost, four watt CO2 laser intended for use as either an expendable beacon or expendable source for proximity fuses has been developed by the Hughes Aircraft Company. The laser, excited by a 140 MHz rf power supply, has a modulation rate capability extending from dc to more than 100 kHz. The laser, dc-dc converter, and rf power supply weigh less than 1 kg. Although most of the intended applications require the laser to operate for only a few seconds, it has been tested for over 600 hours with negligible power degradation.
R. A. Hill, C. F. Brown, G. A. Griffith, L. V. Sutter, F A. Dolezal, R. D. Washburn, E. R. Peressini, "Development Of A Flyable Co2 Laser Beacon," Optical Engineering 21(4), 214794 (1 August 1982). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.7972978 . Submission:
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