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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 2012
  • pp: 5850–5862

Saturated semiconductor optical amplifier phase modulation for long range laser radar applications

Jennifer L. Carns, Bradley D. Duncan, and Matthew P. Dierking  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 24, pp. 5850-5862 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.51.005850


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Abstract

We investigate the use of a semiconductor optical amplifier operated in the saturation regime as a phase modulator for long range laser radar applications. The nature of the phase and amplitude modulation resulting from a high peak power Gaussian pulse, and the impact this has on the ideal pulse response of a laser radar system, is explored. We also present results of a proof-of-concept laboratory demonstration using phase-modulated pulses to interrogate a stationary target.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(250.4480) Optoelectronics : Optical amplifiers
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: May 1, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 20, 2012
Published: August 15, 2012

Citation
Jennifer L. Carns, Bradley D. Duncan, and Matthew P. Dierking, "Saturated semiconductor optical amplifier phase modulation for long range laser radar applications," Appl. Opt. 51, 5850-5862 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-51-24-5850

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