Development of semiconductor laser based Doppler lidars for wind-sensing applications

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We summarize the progress we have made in the development of semiconductor laser (SL) based Doppler lidar systems for remote wind speed and direction measurements. The SL emitter used in our wind-sensing lidar is an integrated diode laser with a tapered (semiconductor) amplifier. The laser source is low-cost and compact - enhancing the potential of lidar wind sensors for mass production. This paper describes two embodiments of the patented wind lidar technology and presents experimental results that evaluate the wind sensors' performance. Due to compactness, portability and cost-efficiency, SL based wind sensors have a strong potential in a number of applications such as wind turbine control, wind resource assessment, and micrometeorology (e.g. as alternative to the construction of meteorological towers with anemometers and wind vanes).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2015 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference
Number of pages4
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)9781467377287
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventIEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference - Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines
Duration: 9 Dec 201512 Dec 2015!home/c24vq


ConferenceIEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference
LocationWaterfront Hotel
CityCebu City
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  • Computing and Processing
  • Engineering Profession
  • Power, Energy and Industry Applications
  • Robotics and Control Systems
  • Transportation
  • Doppler effect
  • Laser beams
  • Laser radar
  • lidar
  • Optical fiber sensors
  • semiconductor laser
  • sensors
  • Wind speed
  • Wind turbines


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