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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 1998
  • pp: 8477–8481

Comparison of an Fe Boltzmann temperature Lidar with a Na narrow-band lidar

George C. Papen and Daniel Treyer  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 36, pp. 8477-8481 (1998)

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The modeled performance of an Fe Boltzmann temperature lidar system is compared with existing Na narrow-band temperature techniques. The Fe Boltzmann technique employs mesospheric Fe as a fluorescence tracer and relies on the temperature dependence of the population difference of two closely spaced Fe transitions. The relative performance of the new technique is compared with an existing Na narrow-band temperature technique, and a link analysis is performed with measured data for both Na and Fe. It is shown that for currently available laser technology the two systems yield similar performance but the Fe system allows for the use of more broadband lasers.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

Original Manuscript: April 3, 1998
Revised Manuscript: August 21, 1998
Published: December 20, 1998

George C. Papen and Daniel Treyer, "Comparison of an Fe Boltzmann temperature Lidar with a Na narrow-band lidar," Appl. Opt. 37, 8477-8481 (1998)

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