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Wavemeter for tuning solid state lasers
Author(s): Joseph H. Goad; Pamela L. Rinsland; Edward H. Kist; Steven C. Irick
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Paper Abstract

The continuing effort to develop, design, construct, and evaluate the performance of an airborne autonomous wavemeter for tuning solid state lasers is summarized. The wavemeter supports tunable solid state lasers that are used for an atmospheric remote sensing technique. One atmospheric species, water vapor, is measured by tuning one laser to precisely the line center of a water vapor line and by tuning another laser off the line. The two sets of received backscattered radiation are ratioed and corrected to determine the vertical profiles of water vapor. On a spacecraft platform, an advanced system could monitor the vertical water vapor profiles. This would provide a technology improvement for meteorological forecasting.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1410, Solid State Lasers II, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43590
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph H. Goad, NASA/Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Pamela L. Rinsland, NASA/Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Edward H. Kist, NASA/Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Steven C. Irick, NASA/Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1410:
Solid State Lasers II
George Dube, Editor(s)

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