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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 25, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 1986
  • pp: 1450–1459

Lidar depolarization from multiple scattering in marine stratus clouds

Kenneth Sassen and Richard L. Petrilla  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 25, Issue 9, pp. 1450-1459 (1986)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.25.001450


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Abstract

The generation of ruby lidar depolarization from multiple scattering in marine stratus clouds has been examined systematically from a field site on the southern California coast. Investigated were the effects on the linear depolarization ratio δ of lidar receiver field of view (FOV), elevation angle, and laser alignment error. An approximately linear increase in maximum δ values was observed with increasing receiver FOV, and the importance of accurate transmitter/receiver alignment has been demonstrated. An elevation angle dependence to the δ values was observed as a consequence of the vertical inhomogeneity of water cloud content above cloud base. Time histories of the depolarization characteristics of dissipating stratus clouds revealed significant variability in δ values due to cloud composition variations. Employing a 1-mrad transmiter FOV, maximum δ values of 0.21 and 0.33 were observed with 1- and 3-mrad receiver FOVs, respectively.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: January 3, 1986
Published: May 1, 1986

Citation
Kenneth Sassen and Richard L. Petrilla, "Lidar depolarization from multiple scattering in marine stratus clouds," Appl. Opt. 25, 1450-1459 (1986)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-25-9-1450

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