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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2002
  • pp: 3725–3734

Cloud Physics Lidar: instrument description and initial measurement results

Matthew McGill, Dennis Hlavka, William Hart, V. Stanley Scott, James Spinhirne, and Beat Schmid  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 18, pp. 3725-3734 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.003725


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Abstract

The new Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL) has been built for use on the NASA ER-2 high-altitude aircraft. The purpose of the CPL is to provide multiwavelength measurements of cirrus, subvisual cirrus, and aerosols with high temporal and spatial resolution. The CPL utilizes state-of-the-art technology with a high repetition rate, a low-pulse-energy laser, and photon-counting detection. The first deployment for the CPL was the Southern African Regional Science Initiative’s 2000 field campaign during August and September 2000. We provide here an overview of the instrument and initial data results to illustrate the measurement capability of the CPL.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1100) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosol detection
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

History
Original Manuscript: October 8, 2001
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2002
Published: June 20, 2002

Citation
Matthew McGill, Dennis Hlavka, William Hart, V. Stanley Scott, James Spinhirne, and Beat Schmid, "Cloud Physics Lidar: instrument description and initial measurement results," Appl. Opt. 41, 3725-3734 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-18-3725


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