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Key Technologies



Compact efficient molecular Doppler receiver



Doppler receiver modules (left) are enclosed (right) in an environmentally controlled vessel


Holographic Optical Element Telescope/Scanne



Wasatch Photonics Corp
  • Primary Optic: Transmission Holographic Optical Element (HOE)
  • 45-deg off-axis FOV
  • Folded optical path
  • 3-rod metering structure
  • Static structure, rotating HOE
  • Coaxial laser transmission
  • Active laser alignment

Tunable Fabry Perot etalon and Controller



The Fabry Perot etalon has three sub-apertures (left) corresponding to the filter bandpass functions labeled Edge1, Edge2 and Locking Channel in the Figure (right). Each channel has nearly identical optical properties (peak transmission, finesse, free spectral range) with a slightly different bandpass center frequency. The separation of the two edge filters is chosen so that the sensitivity of the broader molecular signal is equal to that of the narrower aerosol signal. The locking etalon peak is located such that the outgoing laser frequency is aligned to the half width half height point of the locking filter bandpass.


Single Frequency, Nd:YAG laser at Wavelength=355 nm






Fibertek, Inc.
  • Utilizes a dual compartment optical cavity
    • Oscillator and electronic modules in one compartment
    • Power amplifiers, SHG and THG in 2nd compartment
  • Folded optical path reduces overall volume

Mission Status

The TWiLiTE Team is back from field work at Palmadale, California. Several engineering flights and a successful science flight were conducted aboard an ER-2.