Vol. 12, issue 09, article # 19

pdf Evtushenko G. S., Klimkin V. M. Metal vapor lasers. Applications to atmospheric optics studies. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 1999. V. 12. No. 09. P. 840-848.
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Applications of up-to-date metal-vapor lasers (MVL) to problems of the atmospheric optics are reviewed. Examples of the MVLs use in the devices of one-frequency and multifrequency laser sensing of the atmosphere and visual navigation systems are presented. The capability are shown of their use as sources of coherent radiation for solving the problems of radiation transfer through dense scattering media, spectroscopy of atmospheric gases, diagnostics of iodide radionuclides, locating of metal layers, and creation of «artificial» reference stars in top atmospheric layers.