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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 26 — Sep. 10, 2008
  • pp: 4777–4786

Bistatic lidar measurements of clouds in the Nordic Arctic region

K. Frans G. Olofson, Georg Witt, and Jan B. C. Pettersson  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 26, pp. 4777-4786 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.47.004777


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Abstract

Cloud studies were carried out with a polarimetric bistatic lidar setup at the Arctic Lidar Observatory for Middle Atmosphere Research in Andenes ( 69 ° N , 16 ° E ), Norway. Measurements were performed at altitudes between 1.5 and 10.5 km , corresponding to scattering angles between 130 ° and 170 ° . The geometry, not restricted to the parallel or perpendicular laser polarization directions, gave a well-defined scattering angle, which together with polarization characterization, was used to investigate the scattering particles. The principles of the technique and the first results are presented together with an evaluation of the capabilities.

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OCIS Codes
(010.2940) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Ice crystal phenomena
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(010.1615) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Clouds
(010.1350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Backscattering
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: March 4, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 11, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 23, 2008
Published: September 9, 2008

Citation
K. Frans G. Olofson, Georg Witt, and Jan B. C. Pettersson, "Bistatic lidar measurements of clouds in the Nordic Arctic region," Appl. Opt. 47, 4777-4786 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-47-26-4777

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