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Performance characterization and ground testing of an airborne CO2 differential absorption lidar system
Author(s): Daniel C. Senft; Marsha J. Fox; Ronald R. Bousek; James A. Dowling; Dale A. Richter; Brian T. Kelly
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Paper Abstract

The Phillips Laboratory Remote Optical Sensors (ROS) program is developing the Laser Airborne Remote Sensing (LARS) system for chemical detection using the differential absorption lidar (DIAL) technique. The system is based upon a high-power CO2 laser which can use either the standard 12C16O2 or the 13C16O2 carbon dioxide isotopes as the lasing medium, and has output energies in excess of 4 J on the stronger laser transitions. The laser, transmitter optics, receiver telescope and optics, and monitoring equipment are mounted on a flight-qualified optical breadboard designed to mount in the Argus C-135E optical testbed aircraft operated by Phillips Laboratory. The LARS system is being prepared for initial flight experiments at Kirtland AFB, NM, in August 1997, and for chemical detection flight experiments at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) in September 1997. This paper briefly describes the system characterization, and presents some results from the pre- flight ground testing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3219, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems II, (15 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.298057
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel C. Senft, Boeing Defense and Space Group (United States)
Marsha J. Fox, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Ronald R. Bousek, Boeing Defense and Space Group (United States)
James A. Dowling, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
Dale A. Richter, Kaman Sciences Corp. (United States)
Brian T. Kelly, Applied Technology Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3219:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems II
Anton Kohnle; Adam D. Devir, Editor(s)

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