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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 2001
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Fiber-based lidar for atmospheric water-vapor measurements

Liesl M. Little and George C. Papen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 21, pp. 3417-3427 (2001)

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The design and evaluation of a prototype fiber-based lidar system for autonomous measurement of atmospheric water vapor are presented. The system components are described, along with current limitations and options for improvement. Atmospheric measurements show good agreement with modeled signal returns from 400 to 1000 m but are limited below 400 m as a result of errors in signal processing caused by violation of the assumptions used in the derivation of the differential absorption lidar equation.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.7340) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Water
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(280.1910) Remote sensing and sensors : DIAL, differential absorption lidar

Original Manuscript: March 9, 2000
Revised Manuscript: January 31, 2001
Published: July 20, 2001

Liesl M. Little and George C. Papen, "Fiber-based lidar for atmospheric water-vapor measurements," Appl. Opt. 40, 3417-3427 (2001)

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