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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 17 — Aug. 25, 2003
  • pp: 2041–2046

Analyzing the efficiency of a practical heterodyne lidar in the turbulent atmosphere: telescope parameters

Aniceto Belmonte  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 17, pp. 2041-2046 (2003)

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The simulation of beam propagation permits examination of the signal degradation in a heterodyne receiver caused by refractive turbulence under general atmospheric conditions and at arbitrary transmitter and receiver configurations. At shorter wavelengths, an understanding of turbulence effects is essential for deciding the optimal telescope parameters, i.e., focal length and aperture diameter, of a practical heterodyne lidar.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

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Original Manuscript: July 17, 2003
Revised Manuscript: August 9, 2003
Published: August 25, 2003

Aniceto Belmonte, "Analyzing the efficiency of a practical heterodyne lidar in the turbulent atmosphere: telescope parameters," Opt. Express 11, 2041-2046 (2003)

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