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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Jun. 9, 2008
  • pp: 8457–8471

Long-path supercontinuum absorption spectroscopy for measurement of atmospheric constituents

David M. Brown, Kebin Shi, Zhiwen Liu, and C. Russell Philbrick  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 8457-8471 (2008)

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A supercontinuum source has been proposed as a new tool for measurement of minor species concentrations on long paths through the atmosphere. The present work describes results from recent experiments that demonstrate the potential for Differential Absorption Spectroscopy (DAS) and Spectral Pattern Recognition Differential Absorption Lidar (SPR-DIAL) measurements utilizing a supercontinuum source. As an initial example of this measurement approach, the results include the quantification of water vapor concentration through indoor and outdoor path absorption measurements using a collimated supercontinuum source. Experimental spectra are compared with equivalent simulations from MODTRAN™ versions 4 and 5 to examine the water vapor band between 1300 and 1500 nm to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and oceanic optics

Original Manuscript: February 15, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 2, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 20, 2008
Published: May 27, 2008

David M. Brown, Kebin Shi, Zhiwen Liu, and C. R. Philbrick, "Long-path supercontinuum absorption spectroscopy for measurement of atmospheric constituents," Opt. Express 16, 8457-8471 (2008)

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