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3D scanning portable backscatter lidar platform for atmospheric remote sensing: performance and architecture overview
Author(s): Francesc Rocadenbosch; Cecilia Soriano; Adolfo Comeron; Jose M. Baldasano; Alejandro Rodriguez; Constantino Munoz; David Garcia-Vizcaino
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Paper Abstract

This article is aimed at describing the technology, system architecture and specifications of a new 3D Nd:YAG scanning lidar. Main features of the system are interspersed low-range and far-range exploration, open user-configuration scanning tools and a specific architectural design based on parallel CPU control, a LabView user interface and a digitally controlled optoelectronic receiver. The latter provides key advantages to the whole system architecture such as calibration of lidar returns in terms of absolute power and repeatability. Issues concerning system responsivity calibration, receiver gain self-calibration, automatic gain control and synchronization offset-drift zeroing and the like, all of which are of prime importance for the lidarist, are presented. As far as we know, these contributions are new to the state-of-the-art of the community of optical and electronic lidar system designers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 January 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4168, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere V, (31 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.413859
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Francesc Rocadenbosch, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Cecilia Soriano, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Adolfo Comeron, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Jose M. Baldasano, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Alejandro Rodriguez, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Constantino Munoz, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
David Garcia-Vizcaino, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4168:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere V
Jaqueline E. Russell; Klaus Schaefer; Olga Lado-Bordowsky, Editor(s)

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