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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2004
  • pp: 5987–5995

Airborne digital holographic system for cloud particle measurements

Jacob P. Fugal, Raymond A. Shaw, Ewe Wei Saw, and Aleksandr V. Sergeyev  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 32, pp. 5987-5995 (2004)

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An in-line holographic system for in situ detection of atmospheric cloud particles [Holographic Detector for Clouds (HOLODEC)] has been developed and flown on the National Center for Atmospheric Research C-130 research aircraft. Clear holograms are obtained in daylight conditions at typical aircraft speeds of 100 m s-1. The instrument is fully digital and is interfaced to a control and data-acquisition system in the aircraft via optical fiber. It is operable at temperatures of less than -30 °C and at typical cloud humidities. Preliminary data from the experiment show its utility for studies of the three-dimensional spatial distribution of cloud particles and ice crystal shapes.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1100) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosol detection
(010.7060) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Turbulence
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments

Original Manuscript: April 14, 2004
Revised Manuscript: August 13, 2004
Published: November 10, 2004

Jacob P. Fugal, Raymond A. Shaw, Ewe Wei Saw, and Aleksandr V. Sergeyev, "Airborne digital holographic system for cloud particle measurements," Appl. Opt. 43, 5987-5995 (2004)

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