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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 1985
  • pp: 3472–3475

Effect of pulse-pair correlation on differential absorption lidar

Russell E. Warren  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 24, Issue 21, pp. 3472-3475 (1985)

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Calculations are presented of the effect of pulse-pair correlation on the detection statistics of alarm systems using differential absorption lidar (DIAL) for the remote sensing of toxic gases. This experimentally observed correlation is found to have a significant beneficial effect on the performance of such systems. The calculations are performed for both coherent- and direct-detection DIAL systems using a statistical detection model that assumes a bivariate normal distribution for the on- and off-resonance returns.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 29, 1985
Published: November 1, 1985

Russell E. Warren, "Effect of pulse-pair correlation on differential absorption lidar," Appl. Opt. 24, 3472-3475 (1985)

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  6. Equation (6) assumes the on- and off-resonance signal-to-noise ratios are approximately equal as they would be for weak toxic gas absorption and equal atmospheric extinction. It also neglects pulse correlation which would introduce an additional factor 1−μ.
  7. In Eq. (7) it is intended that the N-pulse averaging takes place before ratioing or taking the logarithm. Computer simulations have shown that averaging the ratios of the individual pulses produces a biased estimator for CL while averaging the differences of the logarithms increases the variance in the estimator.
  8. M. Abramowitz, I. A. Stegun, Eds., Handbook of Mathematical Functions (Dover, New York, 1965).

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