Abstract

We have demonstrated an eyesafe lidar system for cloud and aerosol studies using 45-mJ/pulse 1.54-μm radiation generated by wavelength shifting the output from a pulsed Q-switched Nd:YAG laser using a CH4 Raman cell.

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  1. American National Standard for the safe use of lasers, Standard ANSI Z136.1-19809, American National Standards Institute, New York (1980).
  2. U. N. Singh, Z. Chu, R. Mahon, T. D. Wilkerson, “Optimization of a Raman Shifted Dye Laser System for DIAL Applications,” presented at the Fourteenth International Laser Radar Conference, Italy (1988).
  3. R. W. Nichols, W. K. Ng, “Raman Shifted Nd:YAG Class I Eyesafe Laser Development,” Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 610, 92–98 (1986).
  4. C. Gunterman, V. Schulz-von der Gathen, H. V. Dobele, “Raman Shifting of Nd:YAG Radiation in Methane: an Efficient Method to Generate 3-μm Radiation for Medical Uses,” Appl. Opt. 28, 135–138 (1989).
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  5. R. M. Measures, Laser Remote Sensing Fundamentals and Applications (Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1984).
  6. W. L. Wolfe, G. J. Zissis, Eds., The Infrared Handbook (Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1985).

1989 (1)

1986 (1)

R. W. Nichols, W. K. Ng, “Raman Shifted Nd:YAG Class I Eyesafe Laser Development,” Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 610, 92–98 (1986).

Chu, Z.

U. N. Singh, Z. Chu, R. Mahon, T. D. Wilkerson, “Optimization of a Raman Shifted Dye Laser System for DIAL Applications,” presented at the Fourteenth International Laser Radar Conference, Italy (1988).

Dobele, H. V.

Gunterman, C.

Mahon, R.

U. N. Singh, Z. Chu, R. Mahon, T. D. Wilkerson, “Optimization of a Raman Shifted Dye Laser System for DIAL Applications,” presented at the Fourteenth International Laser Radar Conference, Italy (1988).

Measures, R. M.

R. M. Measures, Laser Remote Sensing Fundamentals and Applications (Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1984).

Ng, W. K.

R. W. Nichols, W. K. Ng, “Raman Shifted Nd:YAG Class I Eyesafe Laser Development,” Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 610, 92–98 (1986).

Nichols, R. W.

R. W. Nichols, W. K. Ng, “Raman Shifted Nd:YAG Class I Eyesafe Laser Development,” Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 610, 92–98 (1986).

Schulz-von der Gathen, V.

Singh, U. N.

U. N. Singh, Z. Chu, R. Mahon, T. D. Wilkerson, “Optimization of a Raman Shifted Dye Laser System for DIAL Applications,” presented at the Fourteenth International Laser Radar Conference, Italy (1988).

Wilkerson, T. D.

U. N. Singh, Z. Chu, R. Mahon, T. D. Wilkerson, “Optimization of a Raman Shifted Dye Laser System for DIAL Applications,” presented at the Fourteenth International Laser Radar Conference, Italy (1988).

Appl. Opt. (1)

Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. (1)

R. W. Nichols, W. K. Ng, “Raman Shifted Nd:YAG Class I Eyesafe Laser Development,” Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. 610, 92–98 (1986).

Other (4)

R. M. Measures, Laser Remote Sensing Fundamentals and Applications (Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1984).

W. L. Wolfe, G. J. Zissis, Eds., The Infrared Handbook (Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1985).

American National Standard for the safe use of lasers, Standard ANSI Z136.1-19809, American National Standards Institute, New York (1980).

U. N. Singh, Z. Chu, R. Mahon, T. D. Wilkerson, “Optimization of a Raman Shifted Dye Laser System for DIAL Applications,” presented at the Fourteenth International Laser Radar Conference, Italy (1988).

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Fig. 1

System diagram of Raman shifted eyesafe lidar system.

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Measured lidar return from boundary layer aerosols and multiple cloud layers.

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Fig. 3

Measured lidar return from thin cirrus at 11-km altitude.

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Table I System Performance Parameters

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I s ( Z ) = I s ( 0 ) exp ( G s I 1 Z )
1 × 10 12 W Hz

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