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    May 15, 2009 / Vol. 34, No. 10 / OPTICS LETTERS 1513domain. In this Letter, we demonstrate this DIALsystem for ground-based CO2 sensing using thewavelength of 1.6 m.The system configuration is shown in Fig. 1. The

    main system parameters are listed in Table 1. The cwlaser lights of 1.6 m wavelength range are locked atthe ON and OFF wavelengths and intensity modu-lated with cw signals. The frequencies of the twomodulation signals are slightly different from eachother. The modulations with different frequencies arefor discrimination of ON and OFF components afterreceiving. The modulated lights are amplified by theerbium-doped fiber amplifier after being combinedwith an optical coupler. The amplified light is tappedby the tap coupler. The light from the 99% port istransmitted to a hard target both simultaneously andcoaxially. The light from the 1% port is detected asthe monitored signal by the photodetector for trans-mission monitoring. All optical fibers used in thetransmitting and monitoring lines are the singlemode or the polarization maintained type. The back-scattered light is received by the telescope, coupled tothe multimode optical fiber, and detected as the re-ceived signal by the photodetector. The monitored

    cw signals are used for this ranging, there is a foldingambiguity. A priori information on the range solvesthis problem if this information has the precision ofc / 2fm [c: speed of light (m/s) and fm: modulationfrequency (Hz)]. In our opinion, this precision can beeasily obtained in both ground-based and space-borne measurements if the modulation frequency islower than or equal to the 100 kHz band. The path-averaged CO2 concentration can be obtained from thedifferential optical depth, the target range, and theparameters of the absorption line, which are used inthe ON wavelength.

    Fig. 1. System configuration of the 1.6 m cw modulationDevelopment of 1.6modulation hard-targe

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    Shumpei Kameyama,1,* Masaharu Imaki,1 YoDaisuke Sakaizawa,3

    1Information Technology R&D Cente2Kamakura Works, Mitsubi

    3Earth Observation Research Center, Ja4Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) Pro

    *Corresponding author: Kameyama

    Received February 2, 2009; revisedposted April 2, 2009 (Doc. ID

    We have demonstrated the 1.6 m cw modulation hsensing. In this system, ON and OFF wavelength laceived lights of the two wavelengths from the hardthe electrical signal domain. The optical circuit is filiable. It is shown that a stable CO2 concentration(rms) (ppm is parts per million) has been achieve 2009 Optical Society of AmericaOCIS codes: 010.3640, 280.3640.

    For the application to global CO2 sensing from thesatellite, differential absorption lidar (DIAL) systemsusing the conventional coherent and incoherent lidarmethods have been studied [15]. However, to ourknowledge the conclusion about the best system con-figuration has not been determined yet because of thesevere requirements for the satellite-borne sensor aswell as the precise measurements that are needed. Asthe result of our consideration to overcome this issue,we invented the cw modulation hard-target DIALsystem [6], which has the features in the simulta-neous transmission of two wavelengths and the dis-and the received signals are analog-to-digital (AD)

    0146-9592/09/101513-3/$15.00 continuous-waveifferential absorptionCO2 sensing

    ito Hirano,1 Shinichi Ueno,2 Shuji Kawakami,3

    Masakatsu Nakajima4

    tsubishi Electric Corporation, Japanlectric Corporation, JapanAerospace Exploration Agency, JapanTeam, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency,

    h 28, 2009; accepted April 1, 2009;021); published May 7, 2009

    target differential absorption lidar system for CO2lights are intensity modulated with cw signals. Re-et are discriminated by modulation frequencies inbased, and this makes the system compact and re-surement corresponding to a fluctuation of 4 ppm32 s measurement intervals and the 1 km path.

    converted and processed in the personal-computer(PC)-based signal processor. In the signal processing,the spectra of the monitored and the received signalsare obtained using the fast Fourier transform, andthe peaks corresponding to the two wavelengths ap-pear at the modulation frequencies in each spectrum.The intensities of the two peaks in the spectrum ofthe received signal are normalized by those of themonitored signal. The differential optical depth is ob-tained using the ratio of the normalized detected in-tensities of the two wavelengths. The ranging of thetarget is possible by utilizing the phase difference be-hard-target DIAL system.

    2009 Optical Society of America

  • 1514 OPTICS LETTERS / Vol. 34, No. 10 / May 15, 2009The system is eye safe by using the wavelength re-gion of 1.6 m. A stable performance can be realizedeven in severe environmental conditions, since ma-ture fiber-based components are used in the system.In addition, this fiber-based configuration easily real-izes the simultaneous transmission of the two wave-lengths from the same optical fiber. This feature per-fectly identifies the sensing volume and the footprintof the two wavelengths and becomes an advantagefor the precise measurement especially in the mea-surement from the moving satellite. Furthermore,the discrimination of the wavelengths works verystably, since this can be done in the electrical signaldomain. The optical detection sensitivity can be veryhigh by using base-band (i.e., low) modulation fre-quencies.This system also has the feature in the wavelength

    locking circuit for the ON wavelength. The configura-tion of the ON wavelength locking circuit is shown inFig. 2. The cw laser light from the laser diode (LD),which is thermally controlled with autotemperaturecontrol (ATC) is divided by the optical coupler, andone of the divided lights is used as the source laserlight of this DIAL system. The other of the dividedlights is used for the wavelength locking. This light isphase modulated and divided again by the opticalcoupler. One of the divided lights is input to the CO2gas cell, and the output light from the cell is detectedby the photodetector. The phase modulation gener-ates the sidebands symmetrically in the optical spec-

    Table 1. System Parameters of the System

    Parameter Value

    Laser wavelength 1572.992 nm (ON)1573.193 nm (OFF)

    Laser linewidth (FWHM) 0.005 pmWavelength stability 0.1 pm (rms) (ON)

    0.4 pm (rms) (OFF)Modulation frequency 10 kHz (ON)

    11 kHz (OFF)Optical output (average) 1 WAperture diameter of telescope 110 mmField of view 0.4 mradTransimpedance gainof photodetector 100 M

    Fig. 2. Configuration of the wavelength locking circuit for

    the ON wavelength.tral domain. These sidebands are absorbed in the gascell asymmetrically if the wavelength is shifted fromthe absorption line center. This asymmetrical absorp-tion generates intensity modulation on the laser lightand, consequently, the detected signal has the modu-lation component. The amplitude of the modulation isobtained by the central processing unit (CPU) as theerror signal after the lock-in processing and AD con-version. The CPU controls the driving current of theLD so as to make the amplitude of the error signal bezero. Consequently, the wavelength is locked at theabsorption line center. This works ideally if the phasemodulator operates with pure phase modulation;however, it does not because of the etalon effect in themodulator. This etalon effect generates the residualintensity modulation, which is unwanted. The un-wanted intensity modulation is mixed with themodulation, which is caused by the wavelength shiftdescribed above. This becomes a source of the offseterror on the wavelength and also causes the wave-length drift with the change in the environmentaltemperature. Thus, the other output from the opticalcoupler is directly input to the photodetector, and theamplitude of the unwanted intensity modulation ismonitored in the CPU. In the locking operation, theCPU corrects the amplitude of the error signal usingthis monitored signal. As the result of this correction,the offset and drift described above can be reduced.For the OFF wavelength, the LD is driven with theindependent automatic current control and ATC, andthe wavelength is roughly set at the OFF wave-length.The wavelengths are selected by referring to the

    HITRAN 2004 database. The ON wavelength is thecenter of the absorption line, and it was selected bystudying the requirements of the negligible H2O ab-sorption and the low temperature dependence on ab-sorption. The transmittance in the atmosphere of theON wavelength on CO2 absorption is 0.93 km1. TheOFF wavelength was selected around the ON wave-length such that the absorptions of both H2O andCO2 are negligible.The time record of the ON wavelength, measured

    by the wavelength meter, is shown in Fig. 3. The firstvertical axis is the wavelength, and the second one isthe temperature at the phase modulator. To confirmthe effect of the error signal correction in the lockingoperation, we made a steep change in the tempera-

    Fig. 3. Measured result on wavelength stability with tem-

    perature changing at the phase modulator.

  • ture at the modulator locally with hot air flow in ad-dition to changing the room temperature. It is shownthat the stability of 0.1 pm (rms) including the re-sidual drift of wavelength is obtained. This stabilitycorresponds to 0.5% of the absorption linewidth (at 1atm and 296 K) and is 20 times larger than the laserlinewidth. The error of the estimated CO2 absorption

    May 15, 2009 / Vol. 34, No. 10 / OPTICS LETTERS 1515coefficient caused by this s


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