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Correlative ground-based lidar measurements for LITE
Author(s): Vincenzo Cuomo; Paolo Di Girolamo; Francesco Esposito; Gelsomina Pappalardo; Filomena Romano; Carmine Serio; Nicola Spinelli; Mario Armenante; B Bartoli; Vincenzo Berardi; Riccardo Bruzzese; Carlo Bellecci; G. E. Caputi; F. De Donato; Pasqualino Gaudio; Marco Valentini
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Paper Abstract

The lidar in-space technology experiment (LITE) has been developed at the NASA Langley Research Center to fly on the Space Shuttle and demonstrate the utility of lidar systems in space. An extensive correlative measurements campaign to validate LITE measurements with coincident measurements made with reliable ground-based and balloon-borne sensors was carried out both in Napoli and Potenza in the period September 10-19, 1994. The lidar in Napoli is based on a Xe:F excimer laser (351 nm), while the lidar in Potenza is based on a Nd:YAG laser operating both on the 2nd (532 nm) and 3rd (355 nm) harmonic. During this intense campaign we performed both elastic and Raman measurements for molecular nitrogen. Solar irradiance spectra at ground level were measured by an Optical Spectra Analyzer in the spectral region 0.4-1.1 micrometers , obtaining both columnar water vapor and aerosol load. Aerosol backscattering data will be presented. Elastic and nitrogen Raman signals are used for measuring atmospheric transmissivity. Finally the density and temperature profiles obtained from the simultaneous measurement of the elastic and the N2 Raman signal will be presented. Simultaneous radiosonde measurements of temperature, pressure, and relative humidity will be used to compare lidar data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2505, Lidar and Atmospheric Sensing, (15 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.219650
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Vincenzo Cuomo, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia and Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Paolo Di Girolamo, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia and Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Francesco Esposito, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia and Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Gelsomina Pappalardo, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia and Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Filomena Romano, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia and Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Carmine Serio, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia and Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Nicola Spinelli, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia and Univ. della Basilicata (Italy)
Mario Armenante, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
B Bartoli, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Vincenzo Berardi, Univ. degli Studi Federico II (Italy)
Riccardo Bruzzese, Univ. degli Studi Federico II (Italy)
Carlo Bellecci, Univ. della Calabria (Italy)
G. E. Caputi, Univ. della Calabria (Italy)
F. De Donato, Univ. della Calabria (Italy)
Pasqualino Gaudio, Univ. della Calabria (Italy)
Marco Valentini, Univ. della Calabria (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2505:
Lidar and Atmospheric Sensing
Richard J. Becherer, Editor(s)

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