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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2000
  • pp: 2449–2460

Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter: receiver model and performance analysis

James B. Abshire, Xiaoli Sun, and Robert S. Afzal  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 15, pp. 2449-2460 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.39.002449


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Abstract

The design, calibration, and performance of the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) receiver are described. The MOLA measurements include the range to the surface, which is determined by the laser-pulse time of flight; the height variability within the footprint determined by the laser echo pulse width; and the apparent surface reflectivity determined by the ratio of the echo to transmitted pulse energies.

© 2000 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.6040) Detectors : Silicon
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.1880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Detection
(280.3400) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser range finder
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 21, 1999
Revised Manuscript: February 11, 2000
Published: May 20, 2000

Citation
James B. Abshire, Xiaoli Sun, and Robert S. Afzal, "Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter: receiver model and performance analysis," Appl. Opt. 39, 2449-2460 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-39-15-2449


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