9 December 2008 Engineered laser materials for remote sensing applications
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Lasers can be engineered and specifically designed for particular remote sensing applications. Laser material selection criteria in this venture are reliability, efficiency, and operation at a specific wavelength. Traditionally, atmospheric researchers adapted existing lasers to remote sensing applications. However, research programs at NASA Langley Research Center has fundamentally altered the way by which laser materials are selected using quantum mechanical modeling. A program of development to predict new laser materials, as well as new methods utilizing existing laser materials, specifically designed to improve lidar or DIAL performance is discussed. This article will cover specifics of the development program and applications.
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Brian M. Walsh, Norman P. Barnes, Upendra N. Singh, "Engineered laser materials for remote sensing applications", Proc. SPIE 7153, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring IX, 715308 (9 December 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.805080; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.805080
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