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Atmospheric effects on laser propagation comparisons at 2 and 10 microns
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Paper Abstract

An account is given of the experimental apparatus and test results of an investigation aimed at the quantification of wavelength-dependent effects on laser radar performance of various atmospheric conditions. Attention is also given to the differences between eye-safe, 2-micron-laser-based ladar system performance and that of the conventional 10.6-micron CO2-laser-based ladars that have been used to date. Attention is given to the results obtained for atmospheric turbulence and path extinction; marked differences emerge between 2-micron and 10.6-micron systems in the case of aerosols and water absorption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1633, Laser Radar VII: Advanced Technology for Applications, (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.59208
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Richard D. Richmond, Wright Lab. (United States)
Sammy W. Henderson, Coherent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Charley P. Hale, Coherent Technologies, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1633:
Laser Radar VII: Advanced Technology for Applications
Richard J. Becherer, Editor(s)

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