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Acousto-optically tuned isotopic CO2 lasers for long-range differential absorption lidar
Author(s): David C. Thompson; George E. Busch; Clifford J. Hewitt; Dennis K. Remelius; Tsutomu Shimada; Charlie E. M. Strauss; Carl W. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

We are developing 2-100 kHz repetition rate CO2 lasers with milliJoule pulse energies, rapid acousto-optic tuning and isotopic gas mixes, for differential absorption LIDAR applications. We explain the tuning method, which uses a pair of acousto-optic modulators and is capable of random access to CO2 laser lines at rates of 100 kHz or more. The laser system is also described, and we report on performance with both normal and isotopic gas mixes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3383, Electro-Optical Technology for Remote Chemical Detection and Identification III, (6 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317647
Show Author Affiliations
David C. Thompson, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
George E. Busch, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Clifford J. Hewitt, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Dennis K. Remelius, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Tsutomu Shimada, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Charlie E. M. Strauss, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Carl W. Wilson, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3383:
Electro-Optical Technology for Remote Chemical Detection and Identification III
Mahmoud Fallahi; Ellen A. Howden, Editor(s)

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