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Design validation of an eye-safe scanning aerosol lidar with the Center for Lidar and Atmospheric Sciences Students (CLASS) at Hampton University
Author(s): Dale A. Richter; N. Scott Higdon; Patrick L. Ponsardin; David Sanchez; Thomas H. Chyba; Doyle A. Temple; Wei Gong; Russell Battle; Mika Edmondson; Anne Futrell; David Harper; Lincoln Haughton; Demetra Johnson; Kyle Lewis; Renee S. Payne-Baggott
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Paper Abstract

ITTs Advanced Engineering and Sciences Division and the Hampton University Center for Lidar and Atmospheric Sciences Students (CLASS) team have worked closely to design, fabricate and test an eye-safe, scanning aerosol-lidar system that can be safely deployed and used by students form a variety of disciplines. CLASS is a 5-year undergraduate- research training program funded by NASA to provide hands-on atmospheric-science and lidar-technology education. The system is based on a 1.5 micron, 125 mJ, 20 Hz eye-safe optical parametric oscillator (OPO) and will be used by the HU researchers and students to evaluate the biological impact of aerosols, clouds, and pollution a variety of systems issues. The system design tasks we addressed include the development of software to calculate eye-safety levels and to model lidar performance, implementation of eye-safety features in the lidar transmitter, optimization of the receiver using optical ray tracing software, evaluation of detectors and amplifiers in the near RI, test of OPO and receiver technology, development of hardware and software for laser and scanner control and video display of the scan region.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 January 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4484, Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environment Monitoring II, (9 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.452777
Show Author Affiliations
Dale A. Richter, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
N. Scott Higdon, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
Patrick L. Ponsardin, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
David Sanchez, ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)
Thomas H. Chyba, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Doyle A. Temple, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Wei Gong, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Russell Battle, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Mika Edmondson, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Anne Futrell, Hampton Univ. (United States)
David Harper, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Lincoln Haughton, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Demetra Johnson, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Kyle Lewis, Hampton Univ. (United States)
Renee S. Payne-Baggott, Hampton Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4484:
Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environment Monitoring II
Upendra N. Singh, Editor(s)

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