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High Throughput Direct Detection Doppler Lidar, Phase I

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High Throughput Direct Detection Doppler Lidar, Phase I
Lite Cycles, Inc. (LCI) proposes to develop a direct-detection Doppler lidar (D3L) technology called ELITE that improves the system optical throughput by more than an order of magnitude. This improvement has the potential to enable wind sensing via Doppler lidar from spaceborne platforms, as well as improving the warning time for on-board clear air-turbulence (CAT) sensors used in commercial aircraft. The ELITE concept will be modeled and tested in Phase-I, and the feasibility for spaceborne implementations will be assessed. A prototype D3L system that utilizes the ELITE technology will be built and tested in Phase-II. The test results will be used to assess the feasibility of ELITE-based spaceborne Doppler lidar. More »

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