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LIDAR Measurements Of The Troposphere And Middle Atmosphere
Author(s): A Notari; Z Chu; S Yang; G Treacy; B Bloomer; M Martins; C. Braun; U Singh; T Wilkerson
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Paper Abstract

Tropospheric and middle atmosphere measurements using lidar systems at the University of Maryland are described. Measurements include depolarization by clear atmosphere and high altitude cirrus clouds, cloud morphology for cirrus and tropospheric haze and clouds, and rapid variations of the cloud free line-of-sight. Rayleigh scattering from the stratosphere and mesosphere is employed to derive temperature and density profiles. A photon counting system has been developed for extending temperature measurements into the mesosphere. We are also constructing a transportable lidar system for clear air, aerosol, cirrus cloud, mesospheric cloud, and sodium measurements at geographical locations of interest for atmospheric propagation studies. The lidar measurements will bear directly on selection of sites for tests and operation of ground based high energy lasers, and on estimation of extinction in long range optical detection and tracking of targets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 1989
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1060, Nonlinear Optical Beam Manipulation and High Energy Beam Propagation Through the Atmosphere, (8 August 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951744
Show Author Affiliations
A Notari, University of Maryland (United States)
Z Chu, University of Maryland (United States)
S Yang, University of Maryland (United States)
G Treacy, University of Maryland (United States)
B Bloomer, University of Maryland (United States)
M Martins, University of Maryland (United States)
C. Braun, University of Maryland (United States)
U Singh, University of Maryland (United States)
T Wilkerson, University of Maryland (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1060:
Nonlinear Optical Beam Manipulation and High Energy Beam Propagation Through the Atmosphere
Robert A. Fisher; LeRoy E. Wilson, Editor(s)

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