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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2005
  • pp: 369–377

White-light filaments for multiparameter analysis of cloud microphysics

Riad Bourayou, Guillaume Méjean, Jérôme Kasparian, Miguel Rodriguez, Estelle Salmon, Jin Yu, Holger Lehmann, Bringfried Stecklum, Uwe Laux, Jochen Eislöffel, Alexander Scholz, Artie P. Hatzes, Roland Sauerbrey, Ludger Wöste, and Jean-Pierre Wolf  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 369-377 (2005)

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We present a lidar technique using femtosecond-terawatt laser pulses to perform a multiparameter analysis of cloud microphysics. Particle size and density within the cloud are deduced from the multispectral multiple scattering pattern of an ultrashort laser pulse. Furthermore, the spectral analysis of the atmospheric transmission of the white-light continuum from the same laser source yields temperature and relative humidity.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(260.5950) Physical optics : Self-focusing
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(290.1090) Scattering : Aerosol and cloud effects

Riad Bourayou, Guillaume Méjean, Jérôme Kasparian, Miguel Rodriguez, Estelle Salmon, Jin Yu, Holger Lehmann, Bringfried Stecklum, Uwe Laux, Jochen Eislöffel, Alexander Scholz, Artie P. Hatzes, Roland Sauerbrey, Ludger Wöste, and Jean-Pierre Wolf, "White-light filaments for multiparameter analysis of cloud microphysics," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 369-377 (2005)

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