In a lidar system, both a well-adjusted receiving telescope and an accurate transmitter–receiver alignment are essential for obtaining reliable data, but usually these are time consuming and difficult to accomplish, especially when the optical axis of the telescope is fixed. To solve these problems, we present a novel method, to our knowledge, for the receiving telescope adjustment, which is carried out mainly with a commercial laser plummet. A simple, fast alignment procedure is also described. These are tested by adjustment of the Fe-resonance fluorescence lidar system of Wuhan University and proved to be effective and convenient. The lidar system is applied to monitor the Fe layer in the mesosphere, leading to continuous retrieval of the iron density profiles with fine spatiotemporal resolution.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 29, 2004
Revised Manuscript: October 30, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2004
Published: March 10, 2005
Bo Liu, Fan Yi, and Chang Ming Yu, "Methods for optical adjustment in lidar systems," Appl. Opt. 44, 1480-1484 (2005)