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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 2000
  • pp: 4994–5000

Detection of stratospheric sulfuric acid aerosols with polarization lidar: theory, simulations, and observations

Georg Beyerle  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 27, pp. 4994-5000 (2000)

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The derivation of backscatter ratio profiles from polarization lidar measurements is discussed. The method is based on differences in depolarization between molecular backscattering and backscattering from spherical aerosol particles. Simulations show that the polarization algorithms yield backscatter ratios with uncertainties comparable with those obtained by Klett’s method, provided that the backscattering process is dominated by molecular scattering. The technique could be utilized for monitoring the stratospheric sulfuric acid aerosol layer during periods of background conditions. The polarization analysis method is discussed in light of simulation results and is applied to polarization lidar profiles observed during the ALBATROSS 1996 field measurement campaign.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1100) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosol detection
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

Original Manuscript: April 12, 2000
Published: September 20, 2000

Georg Beyerle, "Detection of stratospheric sulfuric acid aerosols with polarization lidar: theory, simulations, and observations," Appl. Opt. 39, 4994-5000 (2000)

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