Title

Saturated Semiconductor Optical Amplifier Phase Modulation for Long Range Laser Radar Applications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Publication Source

Applied Optics

Abstract

We investigate the use of a semiconductor optical amplifier operated in the saturation regime as a phase modulator for long range laser radar applications. The nature of the phase and amplitude modulation resulting from a high peak power Gaussian pulse, and the impact this has on the ideal pulse response of a laser radar system, is explored. We also present results of a proof-of-concept laboratory demonstration using phase-modulated pulses to interrogate a stationary target.

Inclusive pages

5850-5862

ISBN/ISSN

1559-128X

Publisher

Optical Society of America

Volume

51

Issue

24

Peer Reviewed

yes