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12 December 2006 A high repetition rate multiwavelength polarized solid state laser source for long range lidar applications
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Advances in Laser Technology and nonlinear Optical techniques can be effectively utilized for LIDAR applications in space and atmospheric sciences to achieve better flexibility and control of the available optical power. Using such devices, one can achieve highly accurate and resolved, measurement of the distribution for atmospheric scattering layers. In the present investigation a diode double end pumped high repetition rate, multi wavelength Nd:YAG laser is designed, fabricated and various laser beam parameters have been characterized for LIDAR applications. Nonlinear optical techniques have been employed to generate higher harmonics like 532nm, 355nm and 266nm for various spectral studies. The experimental setup mainly consists of two Fiber coupled pump laser diodes (Model FAP- 81-30C-800B, Coherent Inc, USA) with a maximum output power of 30Watt at a wavelength of 807-810nm at 30°C set temperature. A second harmonic LBO crystal cut for critical phase matching placed within the laser resonator is provided for converting a fraction of the fundamental beam to a second harmonic beam. A type II frequency tripling LBO nonlinear crystal (cut for critical phase matching) is also located inside the laser resonator. The third harmonic beam and the unconverted fundamental beam are then directed across a type I fourth harmonic LBO crystal cut for critical phase matching where a portion of the fundamental beam and a portion of the third harmonic beam are converted to a fourth harmonic frequency when both fundamental and third harmonic beams propagate through the frequency quadrupling crystal. The resulting beams which are the fundamental (1064nm), second harmonic (532nm), third harmonic (355nm) and fourth harmonic (266nm) are then directed to a fourth harmonic separator in which the fourth harmonic beam is separated from the fundamental beam. A maximum average power of 12W at 1064nm, 8W at 532nm, 5W at 355nm and 3W at 266nm have been measured at a repetition rate of 10KHz. A minimum pulse width of 25ns have been observed.
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S. K. Sudheer, V. P. Mahadevan Pillai, and V. U. Nayar "A high repetition rate multiwavelength polarized solid state laser source for long range lidar applications", Proc. SPIE 6409, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring VII, 64091I (12 December 2006);


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