The HLS Series diode pumped solid state (DPSS) laser system 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's stable short-pulse front end produces < 1.5 nsec pulses with a smooth temporal profile that remains stable and consistent from shot to shot with excellent timing jitter of < 100 psec.
These systems are designed and ruggedized for operation on airborne platforms over a wide range of environmental conditions. Laser control is through an Ethernet interface making these systems well suited for remote operation. The combination of short pulse durations, fixed pulse shape, excellent beam quality, low timing jitter and mJ level pulse energies make these systems ideal for applications such as LIDAR, mapping and bathymetry.