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Development and testing of a long-range airborne CO2 DIAL chemical detection system
Author(s): N. Scott Higdon; Daniel C. Senft; Marsha J. Fox; Carla M. Hamilton; Brian T. Kelly; James A. Dowling; Diego F. Pierrottet; David R. Dean; Dale A. Richter; Ronald R. Bousek
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Paper Abstract

The Air Force Research Laboratory has developed and tested an airborne CO2 differential absorption lidar system for the remote detection of chemicals. The Laser Airborne Remote Sensing DIAL system uses topographic backscatter to provide a long-range measurement of the column-content absorption of chemical plumes in the path of the laser beam. A high-power CO2 laser, capable of operation on multiple isotopes, and a Mersenne telescope constitute the major transceiver components. In addition to the laser, telescope, and transceiver optics, several onboard diagnostic instruments were mounted on the flight bench to monitor and optimize the system performance during airborne operation. The flight bench, electronics racks, and data acquisition and experiment control stations were designed to be integrated onto the AFRL C-135E research aircraft, and to utilize the existing pointing and tracking system on the aircraft.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3433, Propagation and Imaging through the Atmosphere II, (3 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.330237
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N. Scott Higdon, ITT Systems and Sciences Corp. (United States)
Daniel C. Senft, Boeing Co. (United States)
Marsha J. Fox, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Carla M. Hamilton, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Brian T. Kelly, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
James A. Dowling, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
Diego F. Pierrottet, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
David R. Dean, Raytheon Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Dale A. Richter, ITT Systems and Sciences Corp. (United States)
Ronald R. Bousek, Boeing Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3433:
Propagation and Imaging through the Atmosphere II
Luc R. Bissonnette, Editor(s)

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