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High-energy, 2µm laser transmitter for coherent wind LIDAR

Paper Abstract

A coherent Doppler lidar at 2μm wavelength has been built with higher output energy (300 mJ) than previously available. The laser transmitter is based on the solid-state Ho:Tm:LuLiF, a NASA Langley Research Center invented laser material for higher extraction efficiency. This diode pumped injection seeded MOPA has a transform limited line width and diffraction limited beam quality. NASA Langley Research Center is developing coherent wind lidar transmitter technology at eye-safe wavelength for satellite-based observation of wind on a global scale. The ability to profile wind is a key measurement for understanding and predicting atmospheric dynamics and is a critical measurement for improving weather forecasting and climate modeling. We would describe the development and performance of an engineering hardened 2μm laser transmitter for coherent Doppler wind measurement from ground/aircraft/space platform.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 10566, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008, 105661N (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308205
Show Author Affiliations
Upendra N. Singh, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Jirong Yu, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Michael J. Kavaya, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Grady J. Koch, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10566:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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