Saturated Semiconductor Optical Amplifier Phase Modulation for Long Range Laser Radar Applications
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.
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Carns, Jennifer L.; Duncan, Bradley D.; and Dierking, Matthew P., "Saturated Semiconductor Optical Amplifier Phase Modulation for Long Range Laser Radar Applications" (2012). Electro-Optics and Photonics Faculty Publications. 35.