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Lidar measurements of atmospheric constituents
Author(s): Klaus C. H. Weitkamp
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Paper Abstract

The advent of depth-resolving, remote measurement techniques for the determination of atmospheric constituents added a new dimension to the investigation of atmospheric phenomena. In this paper optical, or lidar, techniques suited for this purpose are reviewed. After a presentation of the processes used and the algorithms necessary to extract the interesting information from the optical return signals, a few considerations about the necessary instrumentation are presented. For illustration, one example is shown of results obtained with elastic backscatter, differential absorption and scattering. Raman lidar, and Raman DIAL. Of the numerous new developments in actual progress, one example, BELINDA, has been chosen that in a way marks the borderline between elastic backscatter and differential absorption lidar.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 1996
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3052, Ninth International School on Quantum Electronics: Lasers--Physics and Applications, (27 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.262967
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Klaus C. H. Weitkamp, GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3052:
Ninth International School on Quantum Electronics: Lasers--Physics and Applications
Peter A. Atanasov, Editor(s)

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