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Laser Diodes for Defense Applications

Traditionally the defense and aerospace industries have used laser diodes as pump sources for solid-state systems. This continues to be the largest application for laser diodes with the typical format being laser diode arrays and high power laser diode bars. Laser diodes are popular as:

  • Pump sources for solid state lasers, including disc, fiber, and YAG lasers
  • Rangefinding (TOF)
  • Illuminators / Designators
  • Weapons Simulation (MILES)
  • Ordinance Initiation (Fuzes) at 810nm to 980nm
  • Active Optical Target Detectors

The increasing need for high performing solutions operating best-in-class technologies is driving demand for laser diode technology throughout the market.

In defense and law enforcement, for example, low power rangefinders (i.e. short-range <10km) utilize laser diodes with single emitters. Target designation at long range requires higher power and brightness, and typically uses laser diode bars and, in some cases, arrays. The highest performance target designation and illumination products use arrays of laser diode bars that produce power in the kilowatt range.

Regardless of the application, in order to improve the performance of laser diodes, both in terms of cost and efficiency, increased power and brightness are key. Greater power and brightness per unit cost enable more cost effective solutions and allow more diverse application of lasers to solve demanding challenges.

Intense manufactures a highly competitive range of high power laser diodes that are ideal for use in aerospace and defense applications. Intense's compact, modular designs and advanced Quantum Well Intermixing (QWI) process deliver laser diodes with high reliability, superior brightness, and enhanced power levels. In addition, Intense supplies INSlam™, monolithic single mode arrays for precise delivery and control of optical energy.

High Power Visible Products
High power, high brightness laser diode components, modules, and systems for the visible spectrum.

High Power Infra-Red Products
High power, high brightness laser diode components and modules for the infrared spectrum.

High Power Individually Addressable Arrays
Individually addressable array and super-array modules with high quality optical output.



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Traditionally the defense and aerospace industries have used laser diodes as pump sources for solid-state systems