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Coherent laser radar at 2 μm using solid-state lasers

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Henderson, S.W. ; Coherent Technologies Inc., Boulder, CO, USA ; Suni, P.J.M. ; Hale, C.P. ; Hannon, S.M.
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The development of a coherent laser radar system using 2-μm Tm and Tm, Ho-doped solid-state lasers, which is useful for the remote range-resolved measurement of atmospheric winds, aerosol backscatter, and differential absorption lidar (DIAL) measurements of atmospheric water vapor and CO2 concentrations, is described. Measurements made with the 2-μm coherent laser radar system, advances in the laser technology, and atmospheric propagation effects on 2-μm coherent lidar performance are discussed. Results include horizontal atmospheric wind measurements to >20 km. vertical wind measurements to >5 km, near-horizontal cloud returns to 100 km, and hard target (mountainside) returns from 145 km

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 1 )