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  • Vol. 47, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2008
  • pp: 346–358

Airborne high spectral resolution lidar for measuring aerosol extinction and backscatter coefficients

Michael Esselborn, Martin Wirth, Andreas Fix, Matthias Tesche, and Gerhard Ehret  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 3, pp. 346-358 (2008)

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An airborne high spectral resolution lidar (HSRL) based on an iodine absorption filter and a high-power frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser has been developed to measure backscatter and extinction coefficients of aerosols and clouds. The instrument was operated aboard the Falcon 20 research aircraft of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) during the Saharan Mineral Dust Experiment in May–June 2006 to measure optical properties of Saharan dust. A detailed description of the lidar system, the analysis of its data products, and measurements of backscatter and extinction coefficients of Saharan dust are presented. The system errors are discussed and airborne HSRL results are compared to ground-based Raman lidar and sunphotometer measurements.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric composition
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(290.2200) Scattering : Extinction
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: August 15, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 3, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 3, 2007
Published: January 14, 2008

Michael Esselborn, Martin Wirth, Andreas Fix, Matthias Tesche, and Gerhard Ehret, "Airborne high spectral resolution lidar for measuring aerosol extinction and backscatter coefficients," Appl. Opt. 47, 346-358 (2008)

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