Motivation and objectives: The technology of Mode-Locked Semi-Conductor Lasers (MLSCL) is a promising candidate for various space applications in the context of high-precision optical metrology, in particular for High Accuracy Absolute Long Distance Measurement (HAALDM). However very challenging performance requirements should be met for these applications: pulse duration<;1ps, pulse repetition frequency (pRF) of 1-3GHz, PRF stability <; 5.10-9, PRF tunability > 20MHz, average optical output power > 200mW, pulse energy > 200pJ, high spatial beam quality (M2<;2.5) in addition to the space application requirements on launch vibrations, volume, weight, power consumption and efficiency. We have realized two types of mode-locked (ML) multiple section edge emitting lasers to address these challenging targets: (1) very long (13.5mm) monolithic tapered laser which is reported in , and (2) inverse bow-tie external cavity (EC) laser which is the subject of present communication. Both lasers are designed using the model from  and operate without an amplifying stage.
2017 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/Europe-EQEC), Munich (Germany), pp. 1-1