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Laser ranging based on electro-optic effect in crystal
Author(s): Dong Zhao; Liren Liu; Jiming Wang; Weiqing Pan
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Paper Abstract

Based on electro-optic effect in crystal, a novel laser ranging method is proposed. A special designed mono-block LiNbO3 crystal is laid after the laser transmitter. The CW-laser emitted from the transmitter propagates through the crystal and travels forward to the measured target. After being reflected by the target, the laser goes back and crosses the same crystal. Electric pulses with the steep enough edges are loaded on the crystal. Based on electro-optic effect, double refraction and internal double reflection effect in crystal, the crystal cuts off the round-trip light beams, and reflects a light pulse cut out by the crystal to a detector aside from the original beam path. The pulse width T is the period that laser goes forward and back between the crystal and the target. From the T one can get the measured range R. The feasibility of this method is proved by our experiments and a brand-new way for the laser ranging is provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5875, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VIII, 58750N (29 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.612668
Show Author Affiliations
Dong Zhao, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, CAS (China)
Liren Liu, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, CAS (China)
Jiming Wang, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, CAS (China)
Weiqing Pan, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, CAS (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5875:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VIII
Jose M. Sasian; R. John Koshel; Richard C. Juergens, Editor(s)

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