We demonstrate how the design of graded-reflectance output coupler unstable laser cavities may be tailored to significantly enhance the overall power transmission efficiency of a given laser system relative to that of a conventional diffractively coupled unstable resonator. The importance of these findings in coherent lidar applications is explained with particular emphasis on projected space-based systems.
© 1992 Optical Society of America
David M. Tratt, "Optimizing coherent lidar performance with graded-reflectance laser resonator optics," Appl. Opt. 31, 4233-4239 (1992)