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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2003
  • pp: 6650–6660

Compact high-pulse-energy ultraviolet laser source for ozone lidar measurements

Khaled A. Elsayed, Russell J. DeYoung, Larry B. Petway, William C. Edwards, James C. Barnes, and Hani E. Elsayed-Ali  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 33, pp. 6650-6660 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.42.006650


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Abstract

An all solid-state Ti:sapphire laser differential absorption lidar transmitter was developed. This all-solid-state laser provides a compact, robust, and highly reliable laser transmitter for potential application in differential absorption lidar measurements of atmospheric ozone. Two compact, high-energy-pulsed, and injection-seeded Ti:sapphire lasers operating at a pulse repetition frequency of 30 Hz and wavelengths of 867 and 900 nm, with M2 of 1.3, have been experimentally demonstrated and their properties compared with model results. The output pulse energy was 115 mJ at 867 nm and 105 mJ at 900 nm, with a slope efficiency of 40% and 32%, respectively. At these energies, the beam quality was good enough so that we were able to achieve 30 mJ of ultraviolet laser output at 289 and 300 nm after frequency tripling with two lithium triborate nonlinear crystals.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.4950) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Ozone
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3590) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, titanium
(140.3610) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ultraviolet
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing

History
Original Manuscript: April 1, 2003
Revised Manuscript: August 5, 2003
Published: November 20, 2003

Citation
Khaled A. Elsayed, Russell J. DeYoung, Larry B. Petway, William C. Edwards, James C. Barnes, and Hani E. Elsayed-Ali, "Compact high-pulse-energy ultraviolet laser source for ozone lidar measurements," Appl. Opt. 42, 6650-6660 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-42-33-6650

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