13 Sep

Video presentation on Alexandrite laser crystal pretreatment at the SPIE Optical Systems Design 2021

High-power applications in space place high demands on Alexandrite laser crystals. Therefore, they must be pretreated before coating to achieve the highest damage thresholds and lowest optical losses.

At the SPIE Optical Systems Design Digital Forum 2021 from 13 to 17 September, Laurynas Lukoševičius of Altechna Coatings (LT) will give a video presentation on the ‘Development of alexandrite laser crystal treatment prior to coating deposition for high power space applications’. Registered attendees can watch the video on demand at any time.

Check out https://bit.ly/2UXxDJu for details.

Space-based earth observation missions are an essential building block gaining the data to understand our planet. In particular, space missions which are enhanced by laser-based instruments enable new ways of monitoring the atmosphere or the planet’s surface.

The availability of space-qualified TRL 6 high performance coated Alexandrite laser crystals within Europe is a major enabling technology for future earth observation space missions. For this reason, the GALACTIC project aims for the creation of the complete supply chain solely by European industry for high performance, high quality coated Alexandrite laser crystals.

For this goal, two industrial partners and a research institute team up to combine their expertise and reach this goal: Altechna Coatings (Lithuania), Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany), and Optomaterials S.r.l. (Italy). The combined forces of the partners will enable a detailed TRL 6 qualification of the coated Alexandrite crystals within the GALACTIC project making these crystals a new purely European product to be utilized in future space missions by the space industry.

The development will be accompanied by strategic dissemination activities promoting the activities of GALACTIC to a broad audience.

Click here to view the project outline on the CORDIS platform.