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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 23 — Aug. 10, 2008
  • pp: 4235–4252

Standoff determination of the particle size and concentration of small optical depth clouds based on double-scattering measurements: validation with calibrated target plates and limitations for daytime and nighttime measurements

Nathalie Roy and Gilles Roy  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 23, pp. 4235-4252 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.47.004235


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Abstract

Diffractive target plates are used to emulate aerosols of known size and concentration. These target plates are used to validate and determine the sensitivity of a multiple-field-of-view lidar signal inversion technique based on double-scattering measurement to retrieve the particle size and the concentration of small optical depth clouds. We estimate that nighttime and daytime quantification (size and concentration) is possible for optical depths as low as 0.005 and 0.016, respectively. The recovery technique limiting factors are the shot noise, the laser features, the optical lens quality, the background illumination level, the background aerosol fluctuations, and the noise introduced by the lidar detector, a gated intensified camera (camera G-ICCD).

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OCIS Codes
(030.4280) Coherence and statistical optics : Noise in imaging systems
(040.1520) Detectors : CCD, charge-coupled device
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: February 7, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 3, 2008
Published: August 5, 2008

Citation
Nathalie Roy and Gilles Roy, "Standoff determination of the particle size and concentration of small optical depth clouds based on double-scattering measurements: validation with calibrated target plates and limitations for daytime and nighttime measurements," Appl. Opt. 47, 4235-4252 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-47-23-4235


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