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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 40, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2001
  • pp: 1459–1463

Optical design of a hollow cube-corner retroreflector for a geosynchronous satellite

Atsushi Minato, Satoru Ozawa, and Nobuo Sugimoto  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 9, pp. 1459-1463 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.40.001459


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Abstract

The optical characteristics of a single-element hollow cube-corner retroreflector for a geosynchronous satellite were numerically evaluated for laser ranging and laser long-path absorption measurements of atmospheric species. An optical design with spherical surfaces and tuned dihedral angles was considered to compensate for velocity aberrations. The parameters for the retroreflector were optimized with genetic algorithms for different retroreflector sizes and wavelengths (500 nm and 1, 3, and 10 µm). We found that 20-cm retroreflectors are sufficient for realistic measurements when the laser wavelength is 500 nm or 1 µm. However, a larger retroreflector is necessary to overcome the detector noise level at 3 and 10 µm.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(280.1120) Remote sensing and sensors : Air pollution monitoring
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

History
Original Manuscript: February 25, 2000
Revised Manuscript: November 27, 2000
Published: March 20, 2001

Citation
Atsushi Minato, Satoru Ozawa, and Nobuo Sugimoto, "Optical design of a hollow cube-corner retroreflector for a geosynchronous satellite," Appl. Opt. 40, 1459-1463 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-40-9-1459

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