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Optical Engineering

Polarization lidar at 1.54 µm and observations of plumes from aerosol generators
Author(s): Shane D. Mayor; Scott M. Spuler; Bruce M. Morley; Eric Loew
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Paper Abstract

The ability to detect relative changes in backscatter polarization from a scanning high-pulse-energy lidar system at 1.54-μm wavelength is demonstrated. The new capability was tested during the dissemination of various biological aerosol simulants and other particulate emissions at the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground. Results demonstrate that the lidar is sensitive to different types of aerosols, and departures from the atmospheric background depolarization ratio are consistent with the limited amount of information available on the degree of particle sphericity. We conclude that the polarization-sensitive coatings of the beam-steering unit mirrors are presently the largest source of error and that this error is minimized when scanning with a near-zero elevation angle. This is an encouraging result for aerosol source surveillance applications, where the depolarization information may be useful in determining the aerosol generation mechanism or provide an additional scalar variable for use in delineating the plume from the background.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Opt. Eng. 46(9) 096201 doi: 10.1117/1.2786406
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 46, Issue 9
Show Author Affiliations
Shane D. Mayor, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Scott M. Spuler, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Bruce M. Morley, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Eric Loew, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)


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