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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2002
  • pp: 6442–6450

Analysis of the performance of a coherent pulsed fiber lidar for aerosol backscatter applications

Guy N. Pearson, P. John Roberts, Justin R. Eacock, and Michael Harris  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 30, pp. 6442-6450 (2002)

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The antenna and the Doppler estimation characteristics of a coherent pulsed lidar intended for short-range aerosol backscatter applications have been analyzed. The system used fiber-optic interconnects and operated at a wavelength of 1.548 µm. The range dependence of the signal for various bistatic and monostatic antenna configurations has been determined. The system operated in a low-pulse-energy, high-pulse-repetition-rate mode, and the Doppler estimates from the return signal were achieved with a multipulse accumulation procedure. The expected performance of the accumulation in this low-photocount regime was compared with the data obtained from the system, and a reasonable level of agreement was demonstrated.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

Original Manuscript: January 28, 2002
Revised Manuscript: July 12, 2002
Published: October 20, 2002

Guy N. Pearson, P. John Roberts, Justin R. Eacock, and Michael Harris, "Analysis of the performance of a coherent pulsed fiber lidar for aerosol backscatter applications," Appl. Opt. 41, 6442-6450 (2002)

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