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Laser transmitter/receiver system for earth-satellite-earth long-path absorption measurements of atmospheric trace species using the retroreflector in space
Author(s): Kenichi Ozawa; Nobuhiko Koga; Nobuo Sugimoto; Yasunori Saito; Akio Nomura; Tetsuo Aoki; Toshikasu Itabe; Hiroo Kunimori
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Paper Abstract

A laser transmitter/receiver system using a retroreflector in space (RIS) to experiment with earth-satellite-earth laser long-path absorption measurements of atmospheric trace species is described. The system employs two single-longitudinal-mode pulsed CO2 lasers to measure the atmospheric spectrum and a second-harmonic Nd:YAG laser for active satellite tracking using the image of the RIS reflection. Details of the laser system and the initial experiment are reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 36(12) doi: 10.1117/1.601595
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 36, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Kenichi Ozawa, Shinshu Univ. (Japan)
Nobuhiko Koga, National Institute for Environmental Studies (Japan)
Nobuo Sugimoto, National Institute of Environmental Studies (Japan)
Yasunori Saito, Shinshu Univ. (Japan)
Akio Nomura, Shinshu Univ. (Japan)
Tetsuo Aoki, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)
Toshikasu Itabe, Comunication Research Labs. (Japan)
Hiroo Kunimori, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)

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