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Comprehensive system model for CO2 DIAL
Author(s): Mark J. Schmitt; Brian D. McVey; Bradly J. Cooke; George E. Busch
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Paper Abstract

The Simulation and Optimization Numerics for DIAL (SONDIAL) code is described. An overview of the code structure is given consisting of individual models for the lidar hardware linked to a set of models for the natural environment through which the laser energy must traverse. The affects of the environment are contained in the field models. A detailed description of the field models is given including the effects of the atmosphere, plume and target on the return statistics of the radiation. The atmosphere attenuates and scatters the laser light. Atmospheric extinction has both spectral and temporal structure that can cause bias and correlation in the DIAL measurements. The results of FASCODE calculations utilizing the HITRAN database are used to assess the magnitude of these effects. Atmospheric turbulence spatially modulates the intensity footprint at the target and modifies the statistics of the return light collected by the receiver aperture. The roughness of the target produces speckle at the receiver, the statistics of which are given by the intensity distribution on the target surface. An albedo model that includes the effects of (macroscopic) spatial reflectivity variations of typical natural targets on the system single-shot signal-to-noise ratio is described. To address the effect of footprint size and position on effluent detection sensitivity, an overlap calculation between a Gaussian plume model and the optical footprint is performed. Validation comparisons between the model and experimental data are given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2702, Gas and Chemical Lasers, (29 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.236906
Show Author Affiliations
Mark J. Schmitt, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Brian D. McVey, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Bradly J. Cooke, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
George E. Busch, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2702:
Gas and Chemical Lasers
Robert C. Sze, Editor(s)

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