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Lidar detection of biological aerosols
Author(s): Thomas R. Wehner; Phillip D. Stroud; Waits L. May
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports the results of a system analysis of the performance of a helicopter-based backscatter lidar system for long-range stand-off detection of clouds of biological warfare (BW) agents. With models we developed, we calculated the dispersion, transport, and detectability of a BW agent line-source (`crop-duster'-like) cloud as a function of elapsed time in an employment scenario. For a given BW attack, we calculated the time of first detection, determined the warning time, and from that, estimated the number of troops saved from exposure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 November 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2833, Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics, (12 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.258159
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Thomas R. Wehner, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Phillip D. Stroud, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Waits L. May, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2833:
Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics
Arthur J. Sedlacek, Editor(s)

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