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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 2012
  • pp: 8102–8110

Open-path atmospheric transmission for a diode-pumped cesium laser

Christopher A. Rice, Gordon E. Lott, and Glen P. Perram  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 34, pp. 8102-8110 (2012)

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A tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy device was developed to study atmospheric propagation for emerging high-energy laser weapons. The cesium diode-pumped alkali laser operates near 895 nm in the vicinity of several water-vapor absorption lines. Temperature, pressure, and water vapor concentration were determined for 150 m and 1 km open paths with statistical errors of 0.2%. Comparison with meteorological instruments yields agreement for the 1 km path to within 0.6% for temperature, 3.7% for pressure, and 2.4% for concentration.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1320) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric transmittance
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(140.1340) Lasers and laser optics : Atomic gas lasers
(300.6390) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, molecular

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: June 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 12, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2012
Published: November 27, 2012

Christopher A. Rice, Gordon E. Lott, and Glen P. Perram, "Open-path atmospheric transmission for a diode-pumped cesium laser," Appl. Opt. 51, 8102-8110 (2012)

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