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Broadband Laser Source and Spectrally Resolved Detection for Spectroscopic LiDAR Instrument

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Broadband Laser Source and Spectrally Resolved Detection for Spectroscopic LiDAR Instrument
The focus of this early-stage technology development effort is to first optimize the PCF broad-based laser source using a new commercial microchip laser system and characterize the output. While perhaps not suitable for flight applications, this commercial laser would be ideal for development testing. Then an optical design for spectrally dispersing and resolving the laser output will be developed, and a multichannel array detector detection scheme will be conceived. Generating a supercontinuum in PCF has been demonstrated in the literature, however incorporating a supercontinuum laser source into a LiDAR instrument is novel. At present, all of the existing or conceptual “multi-wavelength” LiDAR instruments are rather limited in scope. Some merely offer a few discrete wavelengths (e.g. a combination of Nd:YAG fundamental and harmonic wavelengths – 1064 nm, 532 nm, and/or 355 nm). Others have the ability to scan a laser over a very narrow wavelength range to interrogate a single absorption feature of a single molecule. The proposed concept offers substantially more spectral range on every measurement without scanning. More »

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