Esquivias Moscardo, Ignacio and Pérez Serrano, Antonio and Garcia Tijero, Jose Manuel and Faugeron, M. and van Dijk, F. and Krakowski, M. and Kochem, G. and Traub, M. and Barbero González, Juan and Adamiec, Pawel and Ai, Xiao and Rarity, John and Quatrevalet, Mathieu and Ehret, Gerhard
Random-modulation cw lidar system for space-borne carbon dioxide remote sensing based on a high-brightness semiconductor laser.
In: "International Conference on Space Optics (ICSO 2014)", 07/10/2014 - 10/10/2014, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. pp. 1-8.
In this paper, we report on the progresses of the BRITESPACE Consortium in order to achieve space-borne LIDAR measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration based on an all semiconductor laser source at 1.57 ?m. The complete design of the proposed RM-CW IPDA LIDAR has been presented and described in detail. Complete descriptions of the laser module and the FSU have been presented. Two bended MOPAs, emitting at the sounding frequency of the on- and off- IPDA channels, have been proposed as the transmitter optical sources with the required high brightness. Experimental results on the bended MOPAs have been presented showing a high spectral purity and promising expectations on the high output power requirements. Finally, the RM-CW approach has been modelled and an estimation of the expected SNR for the entire system is presented. Preliminary results indicate that a CO2 retrieval precision of 1.5 ppm could be achieved with an average output power of 2 W for each channel.