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Modular lidar systems for high-resolution 4-dimensional measurements of water vapor, temperature, and aerosols
Author(s): Andreas Behrendt; Gerd Wagner; Anna Petrova; Max Shiler; Sandip Pal; Thorsten Schaberl; Volker Wulfmeyer
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Paper Abstract

Three lidar systems are currently in development at University of Hohenheim. A water vapor lidar based on the differential absorption lidar (DIAL) technology working near 815 or 935 nm, a temperature and aerosol lidar employing the rotational Raman technique at 355 nm, and an aerosol lidar working with eye-safe laser radiation near 1.5 μm. The transmitters of these three systems are based on an injection-seeded, diode laser pumped Nd:YAG laser with an average power of 100 W at 1064 nm and a repetition rate of 250 Hz. This laser emits a nearly Gaussian-shaped beam which permits frequency-doubling and tripling with high efficiencies. The frequency-doubled 532-nm radiation is employed for pumping a Ti:Sapphire ring-resonator which will be used for DIAL water vapor measurements. In a second branch, a Cr4+:YAG crystal is pumped with the 1064-nm radiation to reach 1400 to 1500 nm for eye-safe monitoring of aerosol particles and clouds. The 532 and 1064 nm radiation are also used for backscatter lidar observations. Frequency tripling gives 355-nm radiation for measurements of temperature with the rotational Raman technique and particle extinction and particle backscattering coefficients in the UV. High transmitter power and effective use of the received signals will allow scanning operation of these three lidar systems. The lidar transmitters and detectors are designed as modules which can be combined for simultaneous measurements with one scanning telescope unit in a ground-based mobile container. Alternatively, they can be connected to different Nd:YAG pump lasers and to telescope units on separate platforms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 January 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5653, Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environmental Monitoring V, (12 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.579139
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Behrendt, Univ. of Hohenheim (Germany)
Gerd Wagner, Univ. of Hohenheim (Germany)
Anna Petrova, Univ. of Hohenheim (Germany)
Max Shiler, Univ. of Hohenheim (Germany)
Sandip Pal, Univ. of Hohenheim (Germany)
Thorsten Schaberl, Univ. of Hohenheim (Germany)
Volker Wulfmeyer, Univ. of Hohenheim (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5653:
Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environmental Monitoring V
Upendra N. Singh; Kohei Mizutani, Editor(s)

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