Cutting Edge Optronics development of the HLS DPSS laser system marks a new beginning in airborne LIDAR data collection. This compact unit combines Northrop Grumman’s proprietary stable short-pulse laser front-end with Yb-doped fiber and Nd:YVO4 amplifiers to achieve mJ level pulse energies with excellent beam quality at laser repetition rates of 10 kHz and above. The laser produces a smooth and stable temporal pulse shape of <1.5 nsec pulse width at <100 psec jitter and is ruggedized for operation on airborne platforms over a wide range of environmental conditions.
The HLS laser system is offered in both air-cooled and water-cooled versions. The air-cooled versions (HLS-002-PMG and HLS-004-PMI) are available with energy levels of 0.2mJ and 0.4mJ at 532nm and 1064nm respectively. The water-cooled versions (HLS-020-PMG and HLS-040-PMI) offer substantially higher energy levels of 2mJ and 4mJ at 532nm and 1064nm respectively.
The below data package details design and performance parameters of the HLS series LIDAR laser system.
Approved for Public Release 15-1353
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