13 May 2016 Laser transmitter for space-based sodium lidar instrument
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We are currently developing a laser transmitter to remotely measure Sodium (Na) by adapting existing lidar technology with space flight heritage. The developed instrumentation will serve as the core for the planning of a Heliophysics mission targeted to study the composition and dynamics of Earth’s mesosphere based on a spaceborne lidar that will measure the mesospheric Na layer. We present performance results from our laser transmitter development effort with emphasis on wavelength tuning and power scaling of a diode-pumped Q-switched self-Raman c-cut Nd:YVO4 laser with intra-cavity frequency doubling that could produce multi-watt 589 nm wavelength output. We will review technologies that provide strong leverage for the sodium lidar laser system with strong heritage from past and current space flight missions.
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Anthony W. Yu, Anthony W. Yu, Michael A. Krainak, Michael A. Krainak, Diego Janches, Diego Janches, Oleg Konoplev, Oleg Konoplev, "Laser transmitter for space-based sodium lidar instrument", Proc. SPIE 9834, Laser Technology for Defense and Security XII, 98340N (13 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2225990; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2225990

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