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Picosecond sources for subcentimeter laser ranging
Author(s): Danny J. Krebs; Joseph Louis Dallas; Bernard D. Seery
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Paper Abstract

Some of the tradeoffs involved in selecting a laser source for space-based laser ranging are outlined, and some of the recent developments in the laser field most relevant to space-based lasers for ranging and altimetry are surveyed. Laser pulse width and laser design are discussed. It is argued that, while doubled/tripled ND-host lasers are currently the best choice for laser ranging in two colors, they have the shortcoming that the atmospheric transmission at 355 nm is significantly poorer than it is at longer wavelengths which still have sufficient dispersion for two-color laser ranging. The life requirement appears to demand that laser diode pumping be used for space applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1992
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1627, Solid State Lasers III, (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60156
Show Author Affiliations
Danny J. Krebs, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Joseph Louis Dallas, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Bernard D. Seery, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1627:
Solid State Lasers III
Gregory J. Quarles, Editor(s)

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