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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 35 — Dec. 10, 2013
  • pp: 8540–8548

Eye-safe compact Raman light detection and ranging temperature profiler

Guangkun Li, Geary Schwemmer, Coorg Prasad, I. H. Hwang, Jie Lei, Sangwoo Lee, Narasimha S. Prasad, and Russell Philbrick  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 35, pp. 8540-8548 (2013)

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The vertical profile of atmospheric temperature is a principal state variable to study atmospheric stability. A lidar system, constructed using a 355 nm Nd:YAG laser transmitter, measures the temperature profile using the rotational Raman technique. In comparison with traditional Raman lidar, the major innovations are the use of a low peak power and high repetition rate laser to achieve eye-safe operation in a compact reliable instrument and the use of an angle tuning filter to select operating wavelengths. We demonstrate the capability of both nighttime and daytime measurements as a step toward a future stand-alone capability for routine measurements of important meteorological properties in the lower atmosphere.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: August 20, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 6, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 9, 2013
Published: December 6, 2013

Guangkun Li, Geary Schwemmer, Coorg Prasad, I. H. Hwang, Jie Lei, Sangwoo Lee, Narasimha S. Prasad, and Russell Philbrick, "Eye-safe compact Raman light detection and ranging temperature profiler," Appl. Opt. 52, 8540-8548 (2013)

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