CEO supports SLAC’s Matter in Extreme Conditions Instrument Upgrade

Northrop Grumman Cutting Edge Optronics (CEO) recently delivered high energy DPSS Nd:YLF laser modules to the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in support of the Matter in Extreme Conditions (MEC) instrument upgrade at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) facility in Menlo Park, California. The laser modules were utilized in a newly designed diode pumped front-end that helped contribute to the instrument’s 3x energy increase and optical laser pulse refinement.

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200W Pump Laser

Green Pump Lasers for Ultrafast Amplifiers

Ti:sapphire lasers have become prominent in the field of ultrafast oscillators and amplifiers due to their broad emission bandwidth and the ability to minimize opto-thermal effects over a wide range of operating parameters. In order to build high-average-power Ti:sapphire lasers, high-quality high-average-power green pump lasers are required.

The performance of CEO pump lasers is examined in this work, particularly the 50 mJ Patara™-HP50 YLF and 200 W Patara-HP200 YAG lasers. Analysis of pulse energy performance over repetition rate is presented, as is a summary of the beam quality, optical pulse, and long-term power stability. A discussion of reliability is also included.

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High Temperature Laser Diode Arrays

Cutting Edge Optronics is a leading manufacturer of high temperature laser diode arrays that are designed to operate in harsh environments.  Diode arrays used in automotive or military/aerospace applications often experience operating temperatures ranging from 60-80oC, and CEO has a long history of supplying diode arrays that offer excellent reliability at these temperatures.

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