An assessment is made of the role the various error sources play in limiting the accuracy of infrared differential absorption lidar measurements used for the remote sensing of atmospheric species. An overview is presented of the relative contribution of each error source including the inadequate knowledge of the absorption coefficient, differential spectral reflectance, and background interference as well as measurement errors arising from signal fluctuations.
© 1983 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 2, 1983
Published: September 1, 1983
N. Menyuk and D. K. Killinger, "Assessment of relative error sources in IR DIAL measurement accuracy," Appl. Opt. 22, 2690-2698 (1983)