A novel technique of lidar for atmospheric gas detection by use of stimulated Raman gain spectroscopy without any tunable laser is proposed. Detection sensitivity and detectable range are estimated on the basis of the lidar equation for CO2, CH4, and H2 in the atmosphere. The feasibility study clearly shows that the technique has a potential for application to lidar and that, in addition, the construction of the system is simpler than those of traditional differential absorption lidars.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 31, 2001
Revised Manuscript: November 28, 2001
Published: April 20, 2002
Nilesh J. Vasa, Akihiro Hatada, Shinichiro Nakazono, Yuji Oki, and Mitsuo Maeda, "Feasibility of nonlinear Raman lidar based on stimulated Raman gain spectroscopy without a tunable laser," Appl. Opt. 41, 2328-2332 (2002)