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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2004
  • pp: 3110–3121

Preliminary measurements with an automated compact differential absorption lidar for the profiling of water vapor

Janet L. Machol, Tom Ayers, Karl T. Schwenz, Keith W. Koenig, R. Michael Hardesty, Christoph J. Senff, Michael A. Krainak, James B. Abshire, Hector E. Bravo, and Scott P. Sandberg  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 15, pp. 3110-3121 (2004)

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The design and preliminary tests of an automated differential absorption lidar (DIAL) that profiles water vapor in the lower troposphere are presented. The instrument, named CODI (for compact DIAL), has been developed to be eye safe, low cost, weatherproof, and portable. The lidar design and its unattended operation are described. Nighttime intercomparisons with in situ sensors and a radiosonde are shown. Desired improvements to the lidar, including a more powerful laser, are also discussed.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.7030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Troposphere
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.1910) Remote sensing and sensors : DIAL, differential absorption lidar
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

Original Manuscript: July 2, 2003
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 2004
Published: May 20, 2004

Janet L. Machol, Tom Ayers, Karl T. Schwenz, Keith W. Koenig, R. Michael Hardesty, Christoph J. Senff, Michael A. Krainak, James B. Abshire, Hector E. Bravo, and Scott P. Sandberg, "Preliminary measurements with an automated compact differential absorption lidar for the profiling of water vapor," Appl. Opt. 43, 3110-3121 (2004)

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