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Atmospheric effects on laser radar performance at 2 microns
Author(s): Richard D. Richmond
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Paper Abstract

A series of tests designed to quantify the effects of various atmosphere conditions on 2 micron laser radar performance is described. The coherent laser radar system was setup at the Table Mountain Test Facility outside of Boulder. The 2 micron system is operated for the Air Force Wright Laboratory Avionics Directorate by Coherent Technologies, Inc. The system is based on a flashlamp pumped laser that produces 25 mj pulses at a 3 Hz rate. Data on coherent laser radar reveal that aerosol backscatter is directly related to extinction at the laser wavelength considered. Atmospheric conditions have significantly different effects on the ladar performance depending on the application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1688, Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing, (1 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137932
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Richard D. Richmond, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1688:
Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing
Anton Kohnle; Walter B. Miller, Editor(s)

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