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Design of a compact high-sensitivity aerosol profiling lidar
Author(s): Stephen E. Moody; David Lloyd Cunningham; Thomas D. Wilkerson
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Paper Abstract

The design of an unusually compact and rugged backscatter lidar system is described in detail. This lidar system, called AROL- 2, was designed for routine monitoring of the boundary layer, tropospheric aerosols, and clouds. In order to support the maximum possible range of observations with minimum investment of labor, the system was specifically designed to be mobile, rugged, and easy to set up and deploy. The lidar system is housed in a weatherproof enclosure, in order to allow operation at sites without sophisticated laboratory facilities. In order to provide maximum flexibiliity and sensitivity in a relatively small package, the lidar system is equipped with both analog and photon counting channels, with two polarization channels to allow for quantitative measurementsof depolarization behavior. Substantial effort has been expended to produce a lidar that is flexible, easy to use, and robust in the field environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4153, Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environment Monitoring, (13 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417086
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen E. Moody, Orca Photonic Systems, Inc. (United States)
David Lloyd Cunningham, Orca Photonic Systems, Inc. (United States)
Thomas D. Wilkerson, Utah State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4153:
Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environment Monitoring
Upendra N. Singh; Upendra N. Singh; Kazuhiro Asai; Toshikasu Itabe; Toshihiro Ogawa; Nobuo Sugimoto, Editor(s)

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