Compact Laser Radar for Remote Atmospheric Probing

G. W. Grams National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo. 80302

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C. M. Wyman National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo. 80302

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Abstract

A compact law-radar system has been developed for use on an airborne platform. Of particular interest is the use of a flashlamp-pumped dye laser as the radiation source and a plastic Fresnel lens in the receiver to collect the radiation backscattered by the atmosphere. These novel features resulted in a laser probing system that is less expensive, more reliable, and more compact than systems incorporating ruby laser and more conventional receiver optics.

Abstract

A compact law-radar system has been developed for use on an airborne platform. Of particular interest is the use of a flashlamp-pumped dye laser as the radiation source and a plastic Fresnel lens in the receiver to collect the radiation backscattered by the atmosphere. These novel features resulted in a laser probing system that is less expensive, more reliable, and more compact than systems incorporating ruby laser and more conventional receiver optics.

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