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Mid-infrared DIAL lidar for petroleum exploration and pipeline monitoring
Author(s): Allen R. Geiger; S. N. Prasad
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Paper Abstract

The chemical absorption spectra of the light hydrocarbons in the infrared region from 3 to 4 micrometers allows the use of DIAL techniques for monitoring these chemicals. The light hydrocarbons; methane, ethane, propane, and butane can be used as petroleum deposit indicators for petroleum exploration, or as gases associated with pipeline leaks. Both of these applications have direct economic and environmental applications. A prototype light hydrocarbon lidar using optical parametric oscillator (OPO) technology has been built for Phillips Petroleum Co.. Advances in OPO technology as a result of this effort will result in light weight airborne DIAL lidars for exploration and pipeline monitoring.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2374, Novel Applications of Lasers and Pulsed Power, (3 March 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.205014
Show Author Affiliations
Allen R. Geiger, PetroLaser, Inc. (United States)
S. N. Prasad, PetroLaser, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2374:
Novel Applications of Lasers and Pulsed Power
Michael W. Prairie; Randy D. Curry, Editor(s)

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