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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 35 — Dec. 10, 2007
  • pp: 8419–8427

Possibilities of warm cloud microstructure profiling with multiple-field-of-view Raman lidar

Aleksey V. Malinka and Eleonora P. Zege  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 35, pp. 8419-8427 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.008419


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Abstract

The possibilities of cloud characteristics retrieval with multiple-field-of-view Raman lidar are considered. It has been shown that the Raman lidar return is sensitive to two cloud characteristics; the scattering coefficient and the effective droplet size. This sensitivity is studied and the optimal receiver fields-of-view (FOVs) for cloud sounding are recommended. The optimal FOV values are estimated to be approximately R / H (R, the collecting optics radius, H, the cloud altitude) to measure the scattering coefficient profiles, and 0.01 z / H for the droplet size measurements (z, the cloud thickness). The algorithm based on the iterative scheme and singular value decomposition as a regularization procedure is presented and verified using computer simulation. The recommendations for profile retrieval with variable altitude resolution are given.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: August 6, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 15, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 23, 2007
Published: December 3, 2007

Citation
Aleksey V. Malinka and Eleonora P. Zege, "Possibilities of warm cloud microstructure profiling with multiple-field-of-view Raman lidar," Appl. Opt. 46, 8419-8427 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-35-8419

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