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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 2005
  • pp: 3499–3509

Method for reconstructing atmospheric optical parameters from the data of polarization lidar sensing

Svetlana V. Samoilova, Yurii S. Balin, Margarita M. Krekova, and David M. Winker  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 17, pp. 3499-3509 (2005)

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Inversion of polarization lidar sensing data based on the form of the lidar sensing equation with allowance for contributions from multiple-scattering calls for a priori information on the scattering phase matrix. In the present study the parameters of the Stokes vectors for various propagation media, including those with the scattering phase matrices that vary along the measuring range, are investigated. It is demonstrated that, in spaceborne lidar sensing, a simple parameterization of the multiple-scattering contribution is applicable and the polarization signal’s characteristics depend mainly on the lidar and depolarization ratios, whereas differences in the angular dependences of the matrix components are no longer determining factors. An algorithm for simultaneous reconstruction of the profiles of the backscattering coefficient and depolarization and lidar ratios in an inhomogeneous medium is suggested. Specific features of the methods are analyzed for the examples of interpretation of lidar signal profiles calculated by the Monte Carlo method and are measured experimentally.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

Original Manuscript: July 8, 2004
Revised Manuscript: November 17, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: December 16, 2004
Published: June 10, 2005

Svetlana V. Samoilova, Yurii S. Balin, Margarita M. Krekova, and David M. Winker, "Method for reconstructing atmospheric optical parameters from the data of polarization lidar sensing," Appl. Opt. 44, 3499-3509 (2005)

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