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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Jun. 3, 2013
  • pp: 13084–13093

Retrieval and analysis of a polarized high-spectral-resolution lidar for profiling aerosol optical properties

Dong Liu, Yongying Yang, Zhongtao Cheng, Hanlu Huang, Bo Zhang, Tong Ling, and Yibing Shen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 13084-13093 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.013084


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Abstract

Taking advantage of the broad spectrum of the Cabannes-Brillouin scatter from atmospheric molecules, the high spectral resolution lidar (HSRL) technique employs a narrow spectral filter to separate the aerosol and molecular scattering components in the lidar return signals and therefore can obtain the aerosol optical properties as well as the lidar ratio (i.e., the extinction-to-backscatter ratio) which is normally selected or modeled in traditional backscatter lidars. A polarized HSRL instrument, which employs an interferometric spectral filter, is under development at the Zhejiang University (ZJU), China. In this paper, the theoretical basis to retrieve the aerosol lidar ratio, depolarization ratio and extinction and backscatter coefficients, is presented. Error analyses and sensitivity studies have been carried out on the spectral transmittance characteristics of the spectral filter. The result shows that a filter that has as small aerosol transmittance (i.e., large aerosol rejection rate) and large molecular transmittance as possible is desirable. To achieve accurate retrieval, the transmittance of the spectral filter for molecular and aerosol scattering signals should be well characterized.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(280.1350) Remote sensing and sensors : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 15, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 16, 2013
Published: May 21, 2013

Citation
Dong Liu, Yongying Yang, Zhongtao Cheng, Hanlu Huang, Bo Zhang, Tong Ling, and Yibing Shen, "Retrieval and analysis of a polarized high-spectral-resolution lidar for profiling aerosol optical properties," Opt. Express 21, 13084-13093 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-11-13084


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