Laser pulse repetition frequency (prf) is a major factor in determining the performance of differential absorption lidar (DIAL) systems. The effects of laser prf on concentration measurement accuracy and maximum usable range are quantified. Heterodyne-detection (coherent) and direct-detection (noncoherent) as well as path-averaged and range-resolved DIAL systems are analyzed.
© 1983 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 28, 1983
Published: December 1, 1983
Robert C. Harney, "Laser prf considerations in differential absorption lidar applications," Appl. Opt. 22, 3747-3750 (1983)