Laser processing methods based on projection of amplified images provide significant benefits compared to scanning based methods in applications with variable high resolution information. Using the Texas Instrument Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) as a Variable Mask, an image amplification architecture is presented that provides pulse energies (50 ~ 250mJ) and peak powers necessary to process large areas (several cm2 ) with variable high resolution information. The seed lasers and the amplifiers used in the architecture are pulsed Nd:YAG systems.
The ALMDS (Airborne Laser Mine Detection System) has been developed utilizing a solid-state laser operating at 532nm for naval mine detection. The laser system is integrated into a pod that mounts externally on a helicopter. This laser, along with other receiver systems, enables detailed underwater bathymetry. CEO designs and manufactures the laser portion of this system. Arete Associates integrates the laser system into the complete LIDAR package that utilizes sophisticated streak tube detection technology. Northrop Grumman is responsible for final pod integration. The laser sub-system is comprised of two separate parts: the LTU (Laser Transmitter Unit) and the LEU (Laser Electronics Unit). The LTU and LEU are undergoing MIL-STD-810 testing for vibration, shock, temperature storage and operation extremes, as well as MIL-STD-704E electrical power testing and MIL-STD-461E EMI testing. The Nd:YAG MOPA laser operates at 350 Hz pulse repetition frequency at 45 Watts average 532nm power and is controlled at the system level from within the helicopter. Power monitor circuits allow real time laser health monitoring, which enables input parameter adjustments for consistent laser behavior.
We have developed a solid-state laser operating at 532nm for underwater topographic investigations. The laser system is integrated into a torpedo-like 'towed-body', with the military designation of AQS-20. This laser, along with other sophisticated receiver opto-electronic systems enables detailed underwater bathymetry. CEO designed and manufactured the laser portion of this system. The laser sub-system is comprised of two separate parts: the LTU (Laser Transmitter Unit) and the LEU (Laser Electronics Unit). The LTU and LEU where put through Mil-standard testing for vibration, shock and temperature storage and operation extremes as well as Mil-461C EMI/EMC testing. The Nd:YAG laser operates at a 400 Hz pulse repetition frequency and is controlled remotely, tethered to the system controller in a ship or helicopter. Power monitor circuits allow real time laser health monitoring, which enables input parameter adjustments for consistent laser behavior. The towed body moves forward at a constant rate of speed while this underwater LIDAR system gathers data. All heat generated must be conducted into the outer hull of the towed-body and then, to the surrounding ambient ocean water. The water temperature may vary from 0-35 degrees C.
This paper discusses the design and testing of the lasers built for the Clementine Laser Rangefinder that was used to map the lunar topology. a baseline Acceptance Test Procedure (ATP) was run once and the flight laser was built. Then the Laser Resonator Assembly (LRA) and the Laser Power Supply (LPS) were subjected to vibration and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing as well as a 50 hour Thermal Vacuum test (T- VAC). Laser energy and boresight stability was checked after each vibration axis and after EMC testing. A complete ATP was run again after all environmental tests were completed, results were compared to baseline.