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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 8 — Mar. 10, 2003
  • pp: 1441–1450

Volume emission rate tomography from a satellite platform

Douglas A. Degenstein, Edward J. Llewellyn, and Nicholas D. Lloyd  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 8, pp. 1441-1450 (2003)

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The possibility of retrieving horizontal atmospheric structure from a series of limb images taken aboard a satellite is discussed and a maximum likelihood expectation maximization algorithm is developed. Examples of the retrieval of horizontal structure with this algorithm, for different S/N (signal-to-noise) ratios and different structures, are presented. It is shown that with this algorithm and even in the presence of substantial observational noise, a S/N equal to 10 for a single observation, it is possible to retrieve both horizontal and vertical atmospheric structure.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(070.5010) Fourier optics and signal processing : Pattern recognition
(100.6950) Image processing : Tomographic image processing
(110.6960) Imaging systems : Tomography
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

Original Manuscript: June 10, 2002
Revised Manuscript: November 19, 2002
Published: March 10, 2003

Douglas A. Degenstein, Edward J. Llewellyn, and Nicholas D. Lloyd, "Volume emission rate tomography from a satellite platform," Appl. Opt. 42, 1441-1450 (2003)

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