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CO2 Transversely Excited Atmospheric (TEA) Laser Rangefinder
Author(s): R. J. Matthys; H. W. Mocker; G. R. Willenbring
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Paper Abstract

The system described here uses a CO2-TEA-laser that operates at 2pps with a pulse peak power greater than 300KW. Independent optical trains are used with a transmitted beam divergence of 0.5 mrad and 5-inch diameter receiving optics. A high-speed HgCdTe photodiode with a responsivity of a D* = 1.34 x 10 'cm Hz 2/W is used in the straight detection mode for detecting the leading edge of the pulse return from the target. The unit has been field-tested and range data from many natural and man-made targets has been obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 1980
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0227, CO2 Laser Devices and Applications, (22 August 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958751
Show Author Affiliations
R. J. Matthys, Honeywell, Inc. (United States)
H. W. Mocker, Honeywell, Inc. (United States)
G. R. Willenbring, Honeywell, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0227:
CO2 Laser Devices and Applications
Thomas S. Hartwick, Editor(s)

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