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We have developed a threedimensional imaging laser radar featuring 3-cm range resolution and single-photon sensitivity. This prototype direct-detection laser radar employs compact, all-solid-state technology for the laser and detector array. The source is a Nd:YAG microchip laser that is diode pumped, passively Q-switched, and frequency doubled. The… (More)
ABSTRACT M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory is actively developing laser and detector technologies that make it possible to build a threedimensional laser radar (3-D ladar) with several attractive features, including capture of an entire 3-D image on a single laser pulse, tens of thousands of pixels, few-centimeter range resolution, and small size, weight, and power… (More)
Optically pumped, single-frequency, Nd-doped, solid-state lasers have been constructed using flat-flat cavities, which were diced from large dielectrically coated wafers of various crystals. For example, a Nd:YAG laser with a cavity length of 730 microm has operated at room temperature in a single longitudinal mode from a threshold of less than 1 mW to… (More)
VOLUME 13, NUMBER 2, 2002 LINCOLN LABORATORY JOURNAL 351 L three-dimensional (3D) laser radars (ladars) with attractive features that include capture of an entire 3D image with a single laser pulse, image resolution of tens of thousands of pixels, range resolution of a few centimeters, and small size. The laser technology for… (More)
Passively Q-switched 1.064-microm microchip lasers have been constructed from thin pieces of Nd(3+):YAG bonded to thin pieces of Cr(4+):YAG. When pumped with the unfocused 1.2-W output of a fiber-coupled diode, these devices produced 11-microJ pulses of 337-ps duration at a pulse repetition rate of 6 kHz in a single-frequency TEM(00) mode. The peak power of… (More)
We have recently conducted a series of laboratory and field tests to demonstrate the utility of combining active illumination with hyperspectral imaging for the detection of concealed targets in natural terrain. The active illuminator, developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, is a novel microlaser-pumped fiber Raman source that provides high-brightness,… (More)
We have demonstrated an efficient, compact, passively Q-switched single-mode diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser that uses Cr(4+):YAG as a saturable absorber. Linear- and ring-cavity configurations were demonstrated. Pulse energies and widths were, respectively, 1.5mJ and 3.9ns for the linear cavity and 2.1mJ and 12ns for the ring cavity.
A 32x32 Sb-based Geiger-mode (GM) avalanche photodiode array, operating at 2 μm with three-dimensional imaging capability, is presented. The array is interfaced with a ROIC (readout integrated circuit) in which each pixel can detect a photon and record the arrival time. The hybridized unit for the 1000-element focal plane array, when operated at 77K with 1… (More)
A simple formula is derived that gives the ratio of the maximum single-longitudinal-mode inversion density to the threshold inversion density for a standing-wave laser in terms of the cavity geometry and well-known material parameters. This formula can be used as a guideline in the design of single-frequency lasers.
Ferroelectric domain inversion has been demonstrated in BaMgF(4) . Transparency has been measured to <140nm, and no change in transmission was measured under 157-nm irradiation for >1.1x10(9) shots at 2mJ/cm(2) per pulse. First-order quasi-phase-matched generation of 157 nm is predicted by use of grating periods as long as 1.5mum. This material should… (More)