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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 2 — Jan. 17, 2011
  • pp: 1569–1581

Lidar measurements of Raman scattering at ultraviolet wavelength from mineral dust over East Asia

Boyan Tatarov, Detlef Müller, Dong Ho Shin, Sung Kyun Shin, Ina Mattis, Patric Seifert, Young Min Noh, Y. J. Kim, and Nobuo Sugimoto  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 1569-1581 (2011)

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We developed a novel measurement channel that utilizes Raman scattering from silicon dioxide (SiO2) quartz at an ultraviolet wavelength (361 nm). The excitation of the Raman signals is done at the primary wavelength of 355 nm emitted from a lidar instrument. In combination with Raman signals from scattering from nitrogen molecules, we may infer the mineral-quartz-related backscatter coefficient. This technique thus allows us to identify in a comparably direct way the mineral quartz content in mixed pollution plumes that consist, e.g., of a mix of desert dust and urban pollution. We tested the channel for the complex situation of East Asian pollution. We find good agreement of the inferred mineral-quartz-related backscatter coefficient to results obtained with another mineral quartz channel which was operated at 546 nm (primary emission wavelength at 532 nm), the functionality of which has already been shown for a lidar system in Tsukuba (Japan). The advantage of the novel channel is that it provides a better signal-to-noise ratio because of the shorter measurement wavelength.

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OCIS Codes
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(290.5860) Scattering : Scattering, Raman

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

Original Manuscript: November 1, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 20, 2010
Published: January 13, 2011

Boyan Tatarov, Detlef Müller, Dong Ho Shin, Sung Kyun Shin, Ina Mattis, Patric Seifert, Young Min Noh, Y. J. Kim, and Nobuo Sugimoto, "Lidar measurements of Raman scattering at ultraviolet wavelength from mineral dust over East Asia," Opt. Express 19, 1569-1581 (2011)

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