As a laser pulse propagates into the atmosphere, it becomes broader in the lateral direction as a result of scattering by aerosols. The laser pulse may be described as the superposition of a central, unscattered component of reduced intensity and a surrounding scattered component. A multiple field of view lidar has been developed that makes simultaneous measurements of the backscattered power from the central pulse and multiply scattered power arising from the scattered component. Measurements from various types of atmospheric aerosols and precipitation are presented and compared with simulated returns. The results show how the multiply scattered signals are influenced by the distribution of the aerosols along the lidar path, the characteristic size of the aerosols, and the optical depth. It is shown that the multiple field of view lidar can provide meaningful, additional information about the aerosols that is not available from a conventional single field of view lidar.
© 1994 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 2, 1993
Published: April 20, 1994
D. L. Hutt, L. R. Bissonnette, and L. Durand, "Multiple field of view lidar returns from atmospheric aerosols," Appl. Opt. 33, 2338-2348 (1994)