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Polarization in lidar: a review
Author(s): Kenneth Sassen
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Paper Abstract

This paper reviews the history and applications of the laser backscatter depolarization technique for atmospheric remote sensing. A relatively simple method, polarization diversity was among the earliest laser-radar (lidar) applications tested in the field, and soon proved to be uniquely suited for the study of the shape and orientation of hydrometeors, and hence the discrimination of water and ice clouds. More recent research has focused on atmospheric aerosols and the exotic clouds of the middle atmosphere, and on enhancing the information content of observations from lidars based on more sophisticated technologies. Various findings from polarization lidar research will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 December 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5158, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing, (12 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.507006
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Kenneth Sassen, Univ. of Alaska/Fairbanks (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5158:
Polarization Science and Remote Sensing
Joseph A. Shaw; J. Scott Tyo, Editor(s)

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