A coherent CO2 lidar system has been modified to record various states of polarization of the backscattered radiation. Methods for measuring the degree of polarization in the backscattered radiation as well as the optical thickness of clouds are described and demonstrated successfully.
© 1984 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 12, 1983
Published: August 1, 1984
Abraham Gross, Madison J. Post, and Freeman F. Hall, "Depolarization, backscatter, and attenuation of CO2 lidar by cirrus clouds," Appl. Opt. 23, 2518-2522 (1984)