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Optical Engineering

Design and performance of a 100 inch lidar facility
Author(s): David W. Roberts; Gary G. Gimmestad; Allen K. Garrison; Edward M. Patterson; Susan C. Gimmestad; J. Michael Cathcart; Raymond C. DuVarney; Gerald W. Grams; Jan M. Servaites
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Paper Abstract

A lidar system based on the 100 in. optical collimator at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base has been developed for middle atmosphere studies. The system has been demonstrated by recording Rayleigh backscatter returns from mesospheric air molecules at altitudes up to 90 km. These returns were then used to develop atmospheric density profiles. The design of the system provided several unique engineering challenges due to the long focal length and size of the collimator used as the receiver telescope. Careful optical engineering in the receiver and an innovative, modular approach led to a design that eliminates potential problems due to defocus, detector nonuniformity, and detector saturation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Opt. Eng. 30(1) doi: 10.1117/12.55774
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 30, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
David W. Roberts, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Gary G. Gimmestad, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Allen K. Garrison, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Edward M. Patterson, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Susan C. Gimmestad, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
J. Michael Cathcart, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Raymond C. DuVarney, Emory Univ. (United States)
Gerald W. Grams, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Jan M. Servaites, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


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