A coherent laser radar system operating at the 1.06-μm Nd:YAG laser wavelength has been built and operated. A laser-diode-pumped monolithic ring laser served as the master oscillator. A single flash-lamp-pumped zigzag slab amplified the oscillator output to a power of 2.3 kW. Single-mode optical fiber was used to collect and mix the return signal with the local-oscillator output. Signals from clouds at a range of 2.7 km and from atmospheric aerosols at a range of 600 m were detected.
© 1987 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 16, 1986
Published: April 1, 1987
Thomas J. Kane, Charles E. Byvik, W. J. Kozlovsky, and Robert L. Byer, "Coherent laser radar at 1.06 μm using Nd:YAG lasers," Opt. Lett. 12, 239-241 (1987)