Multiple applications for the 10 kW fiber laser at the Electro-Optics Center

D. Jason Sames, Thomas M. Lehecka, Jeffrey G. Thomas

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The Penn State Electro-Optics Center will be installing a 10 kW fiber laser at its Northpointe, PA facility in Fall 2005. This presentation will discuss the facility's capabilities and introduce three planned experiments that will utilize the high power near 1 urn. The first experiment will be in the area of laser charring effects with semi-transparent composite materials. Previous work had been limited due to spot size requirements and limited available power. The new laser will enable effects testing up to levels of several hundred W/cm 2. The second application will be damage testing of optical coatings. Coating damage continues to be a major obstacle in the development of HEL systems. The new facility at the EOC will allow us to test optical coating damage at fluence relevant to HEL systems. A third planned application is the demonstration of a low-cost, non-coherent beam combiner. The combiner design will be discussed with preliminary results and plans for range testing at an underground mine location.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2006
EventLaser Beam Control and Applications - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 22 2006Jan 23 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherLaser Beam Control and Applications
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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