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Extremely low beam divergence illumination system for laser radar applications
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Paper Abstract

Physical Optics Corporation (POC) is developing an innovative light illumination system for a continuous wave imaging laser radar that is being investigated at the Army Research Laboratory. The illumination system will combine the output power from a number of laser diodes into one highly collimated beam with a divergence of three angular minutes. This will provide a 10-m diameter illumination spot at a distance of 5 km, and therefore, a high-power illumination field at the object of interest. The illumination system consists of several fiber-coupled laser diodes, mechanical and optical assemblies for focusing light from every fiber to a collimator focus point, and a non-imaging beam combiner-collimator with 180 degree acceptance aperture. The outgoing clear aperture of the combiner-collimator element is about 80 mm; overall the entire illuminator is compact, light-weight, and cost- effective in mass production.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4035, Laser Radar Technology and Applications V, (5 September 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.397804
Show Author Affiliations
Il'ya P. Agurok, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Barry L. Stann, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Zoltan G. Sztankay, Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4035:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications V
Gary W. Kamerman; Upendra N. Singh; Christian Werner; Vasyl V. Molebny, Editor(s)

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