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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 35, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 1996
  • pp: 7117–7127

Coherent lidar airborne wind sensor II: flight-test results at 2 and 10 μm

Russell Targ, Bruce C. Steakley, James G. Hawley, Lawrence L. Ames, Paul Forney, David Swanson, Richard Stone, Robert G. Otto, Vassilis Zarifis, Philip Brockman, Raymond S. Calloway, Sarah Harrell Klein, and Paul A. Robinson  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 35, Issue 36, pp. 7117-7127 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.35.007117


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Abstract

The use of airborne laser radar (lidar) to measure wind velocities and to detect turbulence in front of an aircraft in real time can significantly increase fuel efficiency, flight safety, and terminal area capacity. We describe the flight-test results for two coherent lidar airborne shear sensor (CLASS) systems and discuss their agreement with our theoretical simulations. The 10.6-μm CO2 system (CLASS-10) is a flying brassboard; the 2.02-μm Tm:YAG solid-state system (CLASS-2) is configured in a rugged, lightweight, high-performance package. Both lidars have shown a wind measurement accuracy of better than 1 m/s. © 1996 Optical Society of America

© 1996 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: November 25, 1995
Revised Manuscript: May 23, 1996
Published: December 20, 1996

Citation
Russell Targ, Bruce C. Steakley, James G. Hawley, Lawrence L. Ames, Paul Forney, David Swanson, Richard Stone, Robert G. Otto, Vassilis Zarifis, Philip Brockman, Raymond S. Calloway, Sarah Harrell Klein, and Paul A. Robinson, "Coherent lidar airborne wind sensor II: flight-test results at 2 and 10 μm," Appl. Opt. 35, 7117-7127 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-35-36-7117

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