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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1984
  • pp: 2510–2517

Atmospheric aerosol backscatter measurements using a tunable coherent CO2 lidar

Robert T. Menzies, Michael J. Kavaya, Pierre H. Flamant, and David A. Haner  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 23, Issue 15, pp. 2510-2517 (1984)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.23.002510


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Abstract

Measurements of atmospheric aerosol backscatter coefficients, using a coherent CO2 lidar at 9.25- and 10.6-μm wavelengths, are described. Vertical profiles of the volume backscatter coefficient β have been measured to a 10-km altitude over the Pasadena, Calif., region. These measurements indicate a wide range of variability in β both in and above the local boundary layer. Certain profiles also indicate a significant enhancement in β at the 9.25-μm wavelength compared with β at the 10.6-μm wavelength, which possibly indicates a major contribution to the volume backscatter from ammonium sulfate aerosol particles.

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History
Original Manuscript: December 5, 1983
Published: August 1, 1984

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Robert T. Menzies, Michael J. Kavaya, Pierre H. Flamant, and David A. Haner, "Atmospheric aerosol backscatter measurements using a tunable coherent CO2 lidar," Appl. Opt. 23, 2510-2517 (1984)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-23-15-2510


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