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Er:YAG methane lidar laser technology
Author(s): Moran Chen; Willian J. Rudd; Joe Hansell; David Pachowicz; Slava Litvinovitch; Patrick Burns; Nicholas W. Sawruk
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Paper Abstract

We report on the design, fabrication and testing of a 1645 nm injection-seeded and locked Er:YAG laser resonator with single-frequency output operating at a methane line with > 500 μJ/pulse at 4-7 kHz pulse repetition frequencies with a pulse width < 1 μsec. The state-of-the-art technology for lidar methane sensing uses Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO)/Optical Parametric Amplifier (OPA)–based systems. A key innovation of our system is the use of resonantly 1532 nm pumped Er:YAG gain crystals, which results in improved efficiency and a reduced footprint compared with the current OPO systems. Another feature adapted in our system is the high bandwidth injection locking technique which includes fast piezoelectric mirror and in-house developed FPGA locking algorithm, capable of active locking and wavelength control for each pulse as pulse repetition frequencies up to 10 kHz. The single frequency laser output follows the seed diode wavelength and which scans across the targeted methane absorption line.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11005, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XXIV, 110050Q (2 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2519429
Show Author Affiliations
Moran Chen, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Willian J. Rudd, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Joe Hansell, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
David Pachowicz, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Slava Litvinovitch, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Patrick Burns, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Nicholas W. Sawruk, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11005:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XXIV
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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