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jcronin1954
2012-Sep-28, 12:52 AM
Hey, can anyone out there tell me exactly what kind of laser is on the curiosity rover (MSL)?

Nowhere Man
2012-Sep-28, 01:48 AM
Wiki article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity_rover) says "1067 nm infrared laser." Doesn't mention the technology used, though. I'd guess solid state, but what do I know.

Fred

Swift
2012-Sep-28, 03:17 AM
Apparently it is made by a French company called Thales (link removed).

This LANL article (http://libs.lanl.gov/CHEMCAM_1_pg_web.pdf) says it is a 30 mJ Nd:KGW laser. KGW is Potassium Gadolinium Tungstate.

dhd40
2012-Oct-01, 05:15 PM
Apparently it is made by a French company called Thales (link removed).

This LANL article (http://libs.lanl.gov/CHEMCAM_1_pg_web.pdf) says it is a 30 mJ Nd:KGW laser. KGW is Potassium Gadolinium Tungstate.

see here for more information:
http://www.nanoplus.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78:mars&catid=1:latest&Itemid=111&lang=en

"We are proud to report that one of our lasers is part of this gigantic mission."