Laser heterodyne detection techniques

  • R. T. Menzies
Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 14)


It is evident that heterodyne detection techniques can be employed in a variety of ways for atmospheric monitoring applications. Although progress has seemed painfully slow at times, results of laboratory experiments are encouraging. The time has come to move a few specialized instruments employing heterodyne detection out of the laboratory, and to test their performance in both ground-based and airborne experiments. The new few years will witness the use of such systems which employ gas laser local oscillators. Continued laboratory work with lasers which have more spectral flexibility should lead to their use in practical systems a few years from now.


Thermal Radiation Shot Noise Local Oscillator Bistatic System Heterodyne Detection 
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