The impact and potential of a polarization-selection technique to reduce the sky background
signal for linearly polarized monostatic elastic backscatter lidar measurements are examined.
Taking advantage of naturally occurring polarization properties in scattered skylight, we devised
a polarization-discrimination technique in which both the lidar transmitter and the receiver track and
minimize detected sky background noise while maintaining maximum lidar signal throughput.
Lidar elastic backscatter measurements, carried out continuously during daylight hours at
© 2006 Optical Society of America
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
System Modeling and Optimization
Original Manuscript: November 4, 2005
Revised Manuscript: April 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2006
Yasser Y. Hassebo, Barry Gross, Min Oo, Fred Moshary, and Samir Ahmed, "Polarization-discrimination technique to maximize the lidar signal-to-noise ratio for daylight operations," Appl. Opt. 45, 5521-5531 (2006)