Large quantities of chlorine and alumina particles are injected directly into the stratosphere by the current fleet of launch vehicles. Environmental concerns have been raised over the impact of the rocket exhaust on the ozone layer. Recently differential absorption lidar (DIAL) was selected for remote sensing of ozone density within the plumes of Titan IV launch vehicles. The application of DIAL to this very challenging problem is described, and an implementation of UV-ozone DIAL is discussed that holds promise for this application.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Jerry A. Gelbwachs, "Lidar for remote measurement of ozone in the exhaust plumes of launch vehicles," Appl. Opt. 35, 2630-2636 (1996)