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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2002
  • pp: 2715–2723

Analysis of the receiver response for a noncoaxial lidar system with fiber-optic output

Giorgos Chourdakis, Alexandros Papayannis, and Jacques Porteneuve  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 15, pp. 2715-2723 (2002)

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The return signal of a noncoaxial lidar system with fiber-optic output is examined. The dependence of the overlap regions and the overlap factor of the system on the fiber diameter is calculated for several inclination angles between the laser beam and the optical receiver axes. The effect of central obstruction is included and both cases of Gaussian and quasi-Gaussian laser beam profiles are treated. The irradiance spatial distribution on the focal plane of the system is calculated and experimentally determined. Finally, an alignment procedure of the lidar system is described based on the comparison between the range-corrected lidar signal and the range-corrected exponentially attenuated Rayleigh backscattered coefficient.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(210.3820) Optical data storage : Magneto-optical materials
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

Original Manuscript: July 5, 2001
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2002
Published: May 20, 2002

Giorgos Chourdakis, Alexandros Papayannis, and Jacques Porteneuve, "Analysis of the receiver response for a noncoaxial lidar system with fiber-optic output," Appl. Opt. 41, 2715-2723 (2002)

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