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LCT/LOWKATER: a medium-power, compact CO2 transmitter for multiple applications
Author(s): Rudy Limpaecher; Mark A. Kovacs; Albert L. Pardue
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Paper Abstract

The LCT/LOWKATER transmitter is a compact, medium power, repetitively pulsed, UV- preionized discharge, CO2 laser currently producing a pulse 'chirped-tone' waveform intended for ground, airborne, or space-based ladar fire-control applications. Straightforward modifications can extend its applicability to higher resolution ladar ranging and imaging, generation of additional wavelengths via CO2 isotopic selection and non-linear processes, and chemical detection and identification. For example, addition of an AO modulator will produce a coherent, pulse-burst waveform suitable for precision ladar ranging and imaging and efficient frequency multiplication into wavelength regions having good atmospheric transmission. Further addition of a rapidly tunable grating will yield a wavelength agile transmitter suited for chemical detection and identification. This device represents a versatile source of coherent radiation suitable for diverse applications sharing a common need for waveform fidelity from a compact transportable device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 1993
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 1871, Intense Laser Beams and Applications, (6 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.145228
Show Author Affiliations
Rudy Limpaecher, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Mark A. Kovacs, Textron Defense Systems (United States)
Albert L. Pardue, U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1871:
Intense Laser Beams and Applications
William E. McDermott, Editor(s)

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