ELI Beamlines & Leonardo Electronics: A Mission to Develop the Most Advanced Laser Equipment

ELI Beamlines, a part of the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) pan-European project of scientific excellence in Europe, aims to operate some of the world's most intense laser systems. Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) was awarded the contract for the L3 laser system from ELI Beamlines, and both teams had come together on development of a high-average-power, high-energy system—a petawatt laser operating at 10 Hz.

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Improving Automotive Lidar Safety With Advanced Vision and Ranging: Bright Way Vision

Eyal Levi leads the development of night vision systems for improved driver safety and is working on enhanced vision for both driver-operated and levels 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles for major automobile manufacturers. Today, he shares his perspective on lidar and night vision technologies and the challenges and promise of laser systems for automotive lidar.

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Case Study: T6 Laser Diode Arrays as a Scalable High-Energy Pump for Directed-Energy Applications

Leonardo's award-winning megawatt-class laser diode pump modules are the "laser within a laser" for the High Repetition Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS) at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL). The same modular laser diode technology proven in LLNL’s HAPLS laser is suited to many other high-power directed energy applications that demand improved power output.

The high-energy diode pump modules provide "first light" for systems such as the HAPLS, meaning that it is the laser diodes that first convert electrical energy to optical energy; the HAPLS then amplifies that optical energy to petawatt levels via stimulated emission in a gain medium. The unique scalability of Leonardo's T6 diode arrays makes megawatt class pump modules possible. Every design decision, from the individual diode formulation and up, is driven by the goal to ensure that the T6 arrays can operate in tandem as the stackable "building blocks" of larger pump modules.

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