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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 1980
  • pp: 1794–1797

Measurement of average atmospheric temperature using a CO2 laser radar

E. R. Murray, D. D. Powell, and J. E. van der Laan  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 19, Issue 11, pp. 1794-1797 (1980)

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A single-ended CO2 lidar system has been used to measure the average temperature over a path between the lidar and the foothills located 5 km away. The CO2 lidar was used to measure the ratio of transmission of the P(38) to the P(20) lines in the 10-μm band of CO2. This ratio of transmission is directly related to temperature. Good correlation was obtained between the lidar-measured temperature and the thermometer-measured values.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 3, 1979
Published: June 1, 1980

E. R. Murray, D. D. Powell, and J. E. van der Laan, "Measurement of average atmospheric temperature using a CO2 laser radar," Appl. Opt. 19, 1794-1797 (1980)

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