Advanced LIDAR applications such as next gen:
Time of Flight (e.g., Satellite Laser Ranging);
Coherent and Incoherent Doppler (e.g., Wind LIDAR);
High Spectral Resolution;
Differential Absorption (DIAL);
photon counting LIDAR (e.g., 3D LIDAR);
are placing more demanding requirements on conventional lasers (e.g., increased rep rates, etc.)
and have inspired the development of new types of laser sources. Today, solid state lasers are
used for wind sensing, 2D laser Radar, 3D scanning and flash LIDAR.
In this paper, we report on the development of compact, highly efficient, high power all-solidstate
diode pulsed pumped ns lasers, as well as, high average power/high pulse energy sub
nanosecond (<1ns) and picosecond (<100ps) lasers for these next gen LIDAR applications.