OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 38, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 1999
  • pp: 4623–4634

Electro-optic lightning detector

William J. Koshak and Richard J. Solakiewicz  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 21, pp. 4623-4634 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.004623


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (231 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

The design, alignment, calibration, and field deployment of a solid-state lightning detector is described. The primary sensing component of the detector is a potassium dihydrogen phosphate electro-optic crystal that is attached in series to a flat-plate aluminum antenna; the antenna is exposed to the ambient thundercloud electric field. A semiconductor laser diode (λ = 685 nm), polarizing optics, and the crystal are arranged in a Pockels cell configuration. Lightning-caused electric field changes are related to small changes in the transmission of laser light through the optical cell. Several hundred lightning electric field change excursions were recorded during five thunderstorms that occurred in the summer of 1998 at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in northern Alabama.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.0040) Detectors : Detectors
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 7, 1998
Revised Manuscript: March 29, 1999
Published: July 20, 1999

Citation
William J. Koshak and Richard J. Solakiewicz, "Electro-optic lightning detector," Appl. Opt. 38, 4623-4634 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-21-4623

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited