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Portable standoff Raman and Mie-Rayleigh lidar for cloud, aerosol, and chemical monitoring
Author(s): Shiv K. Sharma; John N. Porter; Anupum K. Misra; Hugh W. Hubble; Premlata Menon
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Paper Abstract

There is a need for portable, low-cost lidar systems that can be used for cloud, aerosols and chemical monitoring from a stand-off distance. At the University of Hawaii we have developed lidar systems based on a 12.7-cm diameter telescope and a 20 Hz frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser source. For stand off Raman detection of organic liquid and vapors, and plastic explosives, we are using a 0.25-m HoloSpec f/2.2 spectrometer equipped with a gated intensified detector (PI Model I-MAX-1024-E). The samples of interest are excited with 532-nm laser light (35 mJ/pulse). The operational range of the Raman system is in 10's of meters and has been tested at distance of 66 m. This system can also be operated as a Raman lidar by using appropriate filters for atmospheric nitrogen, oxygen and other gaseous species of interest. The Mie-Rayleigh lidar system uses the same telescope and laser, but we have three (1064, 532 and 355-nm) wavelengths available for monitoring clouds and aerosols. A small Hamamatsu H6779 photomultiplier tube (PMT) located near the focal point of telescope detects 532-nm backscatter signal. An avalanche photodiode (APD, EG & G C3095) detector equipped with a 2.5-cm diameter aspheric lens is used for detecting 1064-nm backscatter. The Mie-Rayleigh lidar has usable range of 60 - 4000 m. Results obtained with this system for marine aerosols and clouds are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 2003
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 5154, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring IV, (23 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.509197
Show Author Affiliations
Shiv K. Sharma, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
John N. Porter, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Anupum K. Misra, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Hugh W. Hubble, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Premlata Menon, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5154:
Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring IV
Upendra N. Singh, Editor(s)

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