Laser Speckle and Atmospheric Scintillation Dependence on Laser Spectral Bandwidth: POSTPRINT
APPLIED TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATES INC ALBUQUERQUE NM
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Recent advances in low-cost high power diode lasers have made available a new type of illuminator source for LADAR remote sensing systems. These sources tend to be smaller more rugged, and have better power conversion efficiency than more conventional pumped crystal solid state lasers. They can be run in short pulse, or long pulse modes with pulse repetitions from DC to 10s of kilohertz. Although they dont have large optical band widths. These factors make them well suited to direct detection, as opposed to coherent detection, since the lower source coherence reduces detrimental atmospheric effects related to speckle noise and scintillation of the outgoing beam. In this paper we discuss these effects and situations where diode lasers provide an advantage when working through long slant paths.
- Lasers and Masers
- Optical Detection and Detectors