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Lasers & Electro-Optics Branch (Code 554)

Sodium Lidar Laser Prototype test

Sodium Lidar Laser Prototype test

Mission

The Lasers and Electro-Optics Branch provides expertise, facilities, and infrastructure to develop Goddard science instrument and spacecraft system hardware. Recent work includes development of solid-state, fiber, and diode lasers, optical parametric oscillators, Fabry-Perot etalons, and time-resolved single-photon detectors, diode and laser system testing and qualification, nonlinear harmonic generation, Light Imaging, Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) and spectrometer instruments, and free space optical communication systems.

The Branch is a world leader in the development, fabrication and qualification of space flight lasers. Branch personnel provided space flight laser systems for the ICESat Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS), the MESSENGER Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA), and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Lunar Orbiting Laser Altimeter (LOLA). We are developing space flight laser transceivers for the ICESat-2 Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) and the Laser Communication Relay Demonstration (LCRD).

The Branch facilities include clean rooms designed and equipped for developing space flight lasers with state-of-the-art optical instrumentation, numerous laser and laser instrument development laboratories, and laboratories dedicated to accelerated testing of laser diode arrays and optics for space qualification and reliability analysis.

Laser transmitter for the Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) instrument   Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) laser transmitter

Laser transmitter for the Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) instrument

 

Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) laser transmitter

ICESat-2 ATLAS optical filter assembly   CO2 Sounder Lidar onboard NASA's DC-8 aircraft

ICESat-2 ATLAS optical filter assembly

 

CO2 Sounder Lidar onboard NASA's DC-8 aircraft

 

Branch Management Team

Michael Krainak Elisayet Troupaki

Michael Krainak
Head

Elisavet Troupaki
Associate Head

 

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