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Experimental investigations of the potential of commercial laser sources for spaceborne imaging laser sensors
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Paper Abstract

We present results from experimental investigations on different laser sources for 3D imaging lidars. The lasers investigated include microchip lasers and fiber lasers and the results are compared to results obtained with diode lasers. The potential of the laser candidates for spaceborne 3D imaging sensors based on the pulsed time-of-flight principle is analyzed. Analysis include limitations in radar key parameters such as peak power, pulse width, beam divergence, parameter stability, efficiency, and impact on sensor mass and volume. After trade-off and selection of suitable laser sources, breadboard models have been realized and tested.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5412, Laser Radar Technology and Applications IX, (13 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.542490
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Andreas Ullrich, RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH (Austria)
Joao Pereira do Carmo, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Gerd Joachim Ulbrich, European Space Agency (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5412:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications IX
Gary W. Kamerman; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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