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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2007
  • pp: 4907–4915

Terahertz local oscillator for the Microwave Limb Sounder on the Aura satellite

Eric R. Mueller, Robert Henschke, William E. Robotham, Jr., Leon A. Newman, Lanny M. Laughman, Richard A. Hart, John Kennedy, and Herbert M. Pickett  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 22, pp. 4907-4915 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.004907


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Abstract

The Microwave Limb Sounder on the Aura satellite has a radiometer at 2.5   THz to perform global mapping of OH in the atmosphere. The OH radiometer utilizes two Schottky-diode mixers pumped by an optically pumped THz gas laser local oscillator. The laser was first turned on in space on July 22, 2004, and has performed without issue for more than 30 months. The specifications, design, and modeling of this 2.5   THz laser local oscillator are presented here, along with some of the important design validation and test results.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.5630) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiometry
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3470) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, carbon dioxide
(140.4130) Lasers and laser optics : Molecular gas lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 12, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 30, 2007
Published: July 3, 2007

Citation
Eric R. Mueller, Robert Henschke, William E. Robotham, Jr., Leon A. Newman, Lanny M. Laughman, Richard A. Hart, John Kennedy, and Herbert M. Pickett, "Terahertz local oscillator for the Microwave Limb Sounder on the Aura satellite," Appl. Opt. 46, 4907-4915 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-22-4907

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