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Optimal detection and concentration estimation of vapor materials using range-resolved lidar with frequency-agile lasers
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Paper Abstract

In previous work, we presented a methodology for optimally processing data from lidar with frequency-agile wavelength capability using techniques of multivariate statistics. Among the applications considered was the case of range- resolved lidar with short (delta function) transmitter pulses. This paper extends that analysis by deriving a method for estimating range-dependent vapor concentration for arbitrary pulse shapes. A Bayesian statistical approach leads to a MAP (maximum a posteriori) estimator for C(z), the concentration at range z. The estimates are computed iteratively for a given set of multiwavelength lidar return data using an approximation to the Gauss-Newton method. The concentration estimates are then used as the basis for a detection algorithm for the leading edge of the vapor plume based on the CUSUM approach. The detection and estimation approaches are illustrated on a combination of synthetic and field test data collected by SBCCOM at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory test site.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1999
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3757, Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics III, (22 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.366430
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Russell E. Warren, SRI International (United States)
Richard G. Vanderbeek, U.S. Army Edgewood Research, Development, and Engineering Ctr. (United States)
Francis M. D'Amico, U.S. Army Edgewood Research, Development, and Engineering Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3757:
Application of Lidar to Current Atmospheric Topics III
Arthur J. Sedlacek; Kenneth W. Fischer, Editor(s)

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