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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 1999
  • pp: 908–915

Vertical variability of aerosol backscatter from an airborne-focused continuous-wave CO2 lidar at 9.1-µm wavelength

Maurice A. Jarzembski, Vandana Srivastava, and Jeffry Rothermel  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 6, pp. 908-915 (1999)

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Atmospheric aerosol backscatter measurements taken with a continuous-wave focused Doppler lidar at 9.1-µm wavelength were obtained over western North America and the Pacific Ocean from 13 to 26 September 1995 as part of a NASA airborne mission. Backscatter variability was measured for ∼52 flight hours, covering an equivalent horizontal distance of ∼30,000 km in the troposphere. Some quasi-vertical backscatter profiles were also obtained during various ascents and descents at altitudes that ranged from ∼0.1 to 12 km. Similarities and differences for aerosol loading over land and ocean were observed. A midtropospheric aerosol backscatter background mode near 3 × 10-11 to 1 × 10-10 m-1 sr-1 was obtained, which is consistent with those of previous airborne and ground-based data sets.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

Original Manuscript: July 31, 1998
Published: February 20, 1999

Maurice A. Jarzembski, Vandana Srivastava, and Jeffry Rothermel, "Vertical variability of aerosol backscatter from an airborne-focused continuous-wave CO2 lidar at 9.1-µm wavelength," Appl. Opt. 38, 908-915 (1999)

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