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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 22, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 1983
  • pp: 2578–2585

Multicolor laser altimeter for barometric measurements over the ocean: experimental

James B. Abshire and James E. Kalshoven, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 22, Issue 17, pp. 2578-2585 (1983)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.22.002578


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Abstract

Measurement theory and results from testing a breadboard multiwavelength (355-, 532- and 1064-nm) laser altimeter over horizontal paths are presented. They show that pressure accuracies of 3 mbar can be achieved when ranging at nadir to cube corner targets when using a 500-psec resolution waveform digitizer and utilizing new calibration techniques. Streak camera-based receivers will be required for the same or higher accuracies when ranging to the ocean surface. System design calculations for aircraft and spaceborne experiments are presented.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: June 28, 1983
Published: September 1, 1983

Citation
James B. Abshire and James E. Kalshoven, "Multicolor laser altimeter for barometric measurements over the ocean: experimental," Appl. Opt. 22, 2578-2585 (1983)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-22-17-2578

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