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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 7 — Mar. 29, 2010
  • pp: 7184–7189

Range resolved lidar for long distance ranging with sub-millimeter resolution

Mohammad Umar Piracha, Dat Nguyen, Dimitrios Mandridis, Tolga Yilmaz, Ibrahim Ozdur, Sarper Ozharar, and Peter J Delfyett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 7, pp. 7184-7189 (2010)

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A lidar technique employing temporally stretched, frequency chirped pulses from a 20 MHz mode locked laser is presented. Sub-millimeter resolution at a target range of 10.1 km (in fiber) is observed. A pulse tagging scheme based on phase modulation is demonstrated for range resolved measurements. A carrier to noise ratio of 30 dB is observed at an unambiguous target distance of 30 meters in fiber.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

Original Manuscript: October 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 5, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 22, 2010
Published: March 24, 2010

Mohammad Umar Piracha, Dat Nguyen, Dimitrios Mandridis, Tolga Yilmaz, Ibrahim Ozdur, Sarper Ozharar, and Peter J Delfyett, "Range resolved lidar for long distance ranging with sub-millimeter resolution," Opt. Express 18, 7184-7189 (2010)

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