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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 1998
  • pp: 2199–2206

Assessment of lidar inversion errors for homogeneous atmospheres

Francesc Rocadenbosch, Adolfo Comerón, and Daniel Pineda  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 12, pp. 2199-2206 (1998)

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The inversion of lidar returns from homogeneous atmospheres has been done customarily through the well-known slope method. The logarithmic operation over the range-corrected and system-normalized received signal used in this method introduces a bias in the statistics of the noise-affected processed signal that can severely distort the estimates of the atmospheric attenuation and backscatter coefficients under measurement. It is shown that a fitting of the theoretically expected exponential signal to the range-corrected received one, using as the initial guess the results provided by the slope method and a least-squares iterative procedure, can yield enhanced accuracy under low signal-to-noise ratios and especially in moderate-to-high extinction conditions.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar

Original Manuscript: February 26, 1997
Revised Manuscript: August 5, 1997
Published: April 20, 1998

Francesc Rocadenbosch, Adolfo Comerón, and Daniel Pineda, "Assessment of lidar inversion errors for homogeneous atmospheres," Appl. Opt. 37, 2199-2206 (1998)

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