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  • Vol. 35, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 1996
  • pp: 433–440

Retrieval analysis of aerosol-size distribution with simulated extinction measurements at SAGE III wavelengths

Pi-Huan Wang, Geoffrey S. Kent, M. Patrick McCormick, Larry W. Thomason, and Glenn K. Yue  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp. 433-440 (1996)

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The retrieval of aerosol-size distribution from simulated aerosol-extinction-coefficient measurements of the new satellite instrument, the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III, is investigated. A detailed discussion on the aerosol-size-distribution information content of the SAGE III aerosol-extinction-coefficient measurement is provided. Results of the investigation indicate that unimodal as well as bimodal log-normal size distributions can be inferred. In addition, it is shown that a shape-constraint-free size distribution can be derived from SAGE III aerosol measurements by use of the randomized minimization search technique and the optimal estimation theory.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 16, 1995
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 1995
Published: January 20, 1996

Pi-Huan Wang, Geoffrey S. Kent, M. Patrick McCormick, Larry W. Thomason, and Glenn K. Yue, "Retrieval analysis of aerosol-size distribution with simulated extinction measurements at SAGE III wavelengths," Appl. Opt. 35, 433-440 (1996)

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