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Water Vapor Differential Absorption Lidar Measurements using a Diode-Pumped All-Solid-State Laser at 935 nm

Fix, Andreas and Ehret, Gerhard and Löhring, Jens and Hoffmann, Dieter and Alpers, Matthias (2011) Water Vapor Differential Absorption Lidar Measurements using a Diode-Pumped All-Solid-State Laser at 935 nm. Applied Physics B - Lasers and Optics, 102, pp. 905-915. Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/s00340-010-4310-5. ISSN 0946-2171.

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A diode-pumped, single-frequency laser system emitting at 935 nm has recently been developed to serve as the transmitter for water vapor differential absorption lidar (DIAL) measurements. This laser uses Nd:YGG (Y3Ga5O12) as the active medium and emits radiation directly at 935 nm without the need of additional frequency conversion processes. The system was diode-pumped at 806nm and was built up in a master-oscillator power-amplifier configuration. It generates more than 30 mJ of pulse energy at 100 Hz repetition rate with a beam quality (M2) of better than 1.4. Since water vapor DIAL demands for stringent requirements of the spectral properties those were carefully investigated in the scope of this paper. Single frequency operation is achieved by injection seeding and active length control of the oscillator cavity. The range of continuously tunable single-frequency radiation extends to ~0.4 nm centered around 935.31 nm. Values of the spectral purity of >99.996% were determined using long-pass absorption measurements in the atmosphere exceeding the requirements by a large margin. Finally, for the first time water vapor DIAL measurements were performed using a Nd:YGG laser. The reported results show much promise of these directly pumped lasers at 935 nm for future spaceborne but also airborne water vapor lidar systems.

Document Type:Article
Title:Water Vapor Differential Absorption Lidar Measurements using a Diode-Pumped All-Solid-State Laser at 935 nm
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Fix, AndreasDLR, IPA
Ehret, GerhardDLR, IPA
Löhring, JensILT, FhG
Hoffmann, DieterILT, FhG
Alpers, MatthiasDLR
Journal or Publication Title:Applied Physics B - Lasers and Optics
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 905-915
Publisher:Springer Verlag
Keywords:Remote sensing; LIDAR and adaptive systems Diode-pumped lasers Water in the atmosphere
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Projekt WALES (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Lidar
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Andreas Fix
Deposited On:06 Dec 2010 14:54
Last Modified:23 Jul 2015 16:39

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