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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 41, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 2002
  • pp: 7689–7693

Coherent laser radar at 3.6 μm

Frank Hanson and Mark Lasher  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 36, pp. 7689-7693 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.007689


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Abstract

Coherent laser radar systems in the mid-IR wavelength region can have advantages in low-altitude environments because they are less sensitive to scattering, turbulence, and humidity, which can affect shorter- or longer-wavelength systems. We describe a coherent laser radar at 3.6 μm based on a single-frequency optical parametric oscillator and demonstrate the system over short ranges outdoors. The system was used to make micro-Doppler measurements from idling trucks that were processed to give surface vibration spectra.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3340) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser Doppler velocimetry
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

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Frank Hanson and Mark Lasher, "Coherent laser radar at 3.6 μm," Appl. Opt. 41, 7689-7693 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-36-7689

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