31 October 1980 Advances in Miniature Lasers for Ranging Applications
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Abstract
The state-of-the-art for laser materials for miniaturized laser systems are to be discussed. New materials, such as neodymium pentaphosphate, will be evaluated as to their potential in miniature laser systems for ranging applications. A comparison of these systems to the currently developed miniature Nd:YAG laser rangefinders is to be given. The design goals, as well as the range performance goals for the miniaturized systems, will be covered. We will present the system performance of two Nd:YAG miniaturized laser rangefinders which have recently been designed and constructed. Two different design approaches have been used in these systems: one system uses a tri-axial design whereas the other has discrete optical channels. Finally future performance predictions and future requirements will be given.
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Richard G. Schlecht, Jeffrey L. Paul, "Advances in Miniature Lasers for Ranging Applications", Proc. SPIE 0247, Advances in Laser Engineering and Applications, (31 October 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959389; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.959389
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