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Laser radar with atomic vapor ultranarrowband image detectors (UBID)
Author(s): Oleg I. Matveev; Benjamin W. Smith; James D. Winefordner
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Paper Abstract

The basic characteristics, figures of merit and potential applications of laser radar with atomic vapor ultra- narrowband imaging detectors (UBID) are discussed. One of the most important figures of merit of a narrowband imaging spectrometer used in a laser radar is the product of throughput and spectral resolution. The atomic vapor UBID, compared with all known spectral imaging instruments, can potentially have a throughput-resolution product up to a million times greater. It is theoretically shown that despite hyperfine structure, one can have smooth characteristics well-suited for an ultranarrowband resonance ionization image detector (RIID) by choosing an appropriate ionization scheme for Cs atoms using the 894.3 nm line. Recent experiments with a vacuum cell mercury atomic vapor RIID are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3380, Laser Radar Technology and Applications III, (8 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.327187
Show Author Affiliations
Oleg I. Matveev, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Benjamin W. Smith, Univ. of Florida (United States)
James D. Winefordner, Univ. of Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3380:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications III
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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