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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 2006
  • pp: 3960–3971

Mars 1064 nm spectral radiance measurements determined from the receiver noise response of the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter

Xiaoli Sun, Gregory A. Neumann, James B. Abshire, and Maria T. Zuber  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 17, pp. 3960-3971 (2006)

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A technique was developed to compute the radiance of the scene viewed by the optical receiver of the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter. The technique used the detection threshold and the false detection rate of the receiver to provide a passive radiometry measurement of Mars at the 1064   nm wavelength over a 2   nm bandwidth and subkilometer spatial resolution in addition to the altimetry and active radiometry measurements. The passive radiometry measurement is shown to have a 2 % or better precision and has been stable over several Martian years. We describe the principle of operation of the instrument and its calibration and assess its performance from sample orbital measurements.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.5630) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Radiometry
(280.3400) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser range finder

Original Manuscript: July 20, 2005
Revised Manuscript: January 8, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: January 10, 2006

Xiaoli Sun, Gregory A. Neumann, James B. Abshire, and Maria T. Zuber, "Mars 1064 nm spectral radiance measurements determined from the receiver noise response of the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter," Appl. Opt. 45, 3960-3971 (2006)

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