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Building Better Warfighters

 

Laser Diode Testing

What we've done...

17 kW laser diode array for laser pumping being tested at the EOC.
17 kW laser diode array for laser pumping being tested at the EOC.

A core component of many next-generation laser weapons and laser-based systems is laser diodes. To ensure that our customers had access to high reliability diodes, the EOC developed a laboratory dedicated to comprehensive and independent testing, evaluation, and validation of laser diodes. Two of the main goals for the establishment of this laboratory were:

  • To implement a consistent process for test and evaluation of diodes and diode packages
  • Utilize test information and analysis to improve the reliability of laser diode packages

As a result, we are able to provide government agencies and commercial enterprises with independent analysis of their products and systems. The results of our analyses enabled our sponsors to increase reliability, improve manufacturers' processes, and reduce the cost of the systems. We also provide the unique ability to test and perform forensic analysis of failure as well as assist in redesign using tools like FEA and thermal analysis.

Where we're going...

We will continue to support legacy laser systems. We will strive for constant improvement by working with our warfighters to enhance the laser system performance by the integration of technologies that:

  • Improve reliability
  • Reduce cost
  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Reduce system weight

Example initiatives include: the enhancement of diode array packages by the integration of high thermal conductivity CTE matched materials such as metal matrix cast composites and the improvement of fiber laser system efficiency by advanced multiphase cooling.

We will look ahead and improve laser performance by the integration of advanced or disruptive component technologies. These improvements will ensure that we provide our warfighter with an in theatre engagement edge. Example thrusts include innovative pump architectures for Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers (DPAL), the utilization of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSEL) for the realization of compact laser transmitters, and the exploration of Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCL) for counter measures or covert communications.

We will continue to leverage our heritage in reliability testing. We will utilize our extensive test capabilities to ensure the reliability of legacy laser components, and to adequately vet the reliability and performance of laser systems leveraging new component technologies.

How to engage...

To find out how our laser optimization experts can help improve your product development process, contact us here.

Laser development and test laboratory
Laser development and test laboratory.