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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 2006
  • pp: 7097–7103

Turbulence-induced measurement errors in coherent differential absorption lidar ground systems

Aniceto Belmonte  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 27, pp. 7097-7103 (2006)

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The presence of atmospheric refractive turbulence makes it necessary to use simulations of beam propagation to examine the uncertainty added to the differential absorption lidar (DIAL) measurement process of a practical heterodyne lidar. The inherent statistic uncertainty of coherent return fluctuations in ground lidar systems profiling the atmosphere along slant paths with large elevation angles translates into a lessening of accuracy and sensitivity of any practical DIAL measurement. This technique opens the door to consider realistic, nonuniform atmospheric conditions for any DIAL instrument configuration.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(280.1910) Remote sensing and sensors : DIAL, differential absorption lidar

Original Manuscript: April 10, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 18, 2006

Aniceto Belmonte, "Turbulence-induced measurement errors in coherent differential absorption lidar ground systems," Appl. Opt. 45, 7097-7103 (2006)

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