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  • Vol. 10, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1971
  • pp: 2325–2328

Technique for Measuring Visibility

G. T. Schappert  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 10, Issue 10, pp. 2325-2328 (1971)

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A technique for measuring atmospheric extinction of light, or visibility, from the backscattered signal of a modulated cw laser is presented. The extinction coefficient is contained in the amplitude and phase of the return signal and can be extracted in several ways from certain amplitude and/or phase measurements. No assumption about a relationship between the extinction coefficient and backscattering coefficient need be made.

© 1971 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 17, 1971
Published: October 1, 1971

G. T. Schappert, "Technique for Measuring Visibility," Appl. Opt. 10, 2325-2328 (1971)

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