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Scanning eye-safe depolarization lidar at 1.54 microns and potential usefulness in bioaerosol plume detection
Author(s): Shane D. Mayor; Scott M. Spuler; Bruce M. Morley
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Paper Abstract

Effective monitoring of the atmosphere for potentially hazardous aerosol plumes in urban areas requires a lidar that produces high signal-to-noise backscatter returns, fine spatial resolution, rapid updates, eye-safety at all ranges, and long-range operation. A scanning elastic backscatter lidar with high pulse energy that meets these requirements was recently developed at NCAR. The latest upgrades to the lidar system include the use of a new Raman cell for wavelength conversion and a two-channel receiver for backscatter depolarization ratio measurements. Highlights from recent field tests of the system are presented and plans to improve the prototype, as well as construct an unattended and continuously operating version, are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5887, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring VI, 58870N (19 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.620361
Show Author Affiliations
Shane D. Mayor, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Scott M. Spuler, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Bruce M. Morley, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5887:
Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring VI
Upendra N. Singh, Editor(s)

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