A compact laser rangefinder has been developed, which incorporates a sealed-off pulsed CO2 TEA laser and uses direct (i.e., nonheterodyne) detection. This device is essentially eye safe and benefits from the superior atmospheric transmission at 10.6-μm wavelength. Design parameters are presented and illustrated, and system performance is discussed.
© 1978 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 30, 1977
Published: March 15, 1978
M. J. Taylor, P. H. Davies, D. W. Brown, W. F. Woods, I. D. Bell, and C. J. Kennedy, "Pulsed CO2 TEA laser rangefinder," Appl. Opt. 17, 885-889 (1978)