Coherent laser radar at 1.06 microm using Nd:YAG lasers

Opt Lett. 1987 Apr 1;12(4):239-41. doi: 10.1364/ol.12.000239.


A coherent laser radar system operating at the 1.06-microm Nd:YAG laser wavelength has been built and operated. A laser-diode-pumped monolithic ring laser served as the master oscillator. A single flash-lamp-pumped zigzag slab amplified the oscillator output to a power of 2.3 kW. Single-mode optical fiber was used to collect and mix the return signal with the local-oscillator output. Signals from clouds at a range of 2.7 km and from atmospheric aerosols at a range of 600 m were detected.