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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 2 — Jan. 28, 2013
  • pp: 1872–1897

Continuous wave synthetic low-coherence wind sensing Lidar: motionless measurement system with subsequent numerical range scanning

Ernst Brinkmeyer and Thomas Waterholter  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 1872-1897 (2013)

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A continuous wave (CW) Lidar system for detection of scattering from atmospheric aerosol particles is presented which is useful in particular for remote sensing of wind velocities. It is based on a low-coherence interferometric setup powered by a synthetic broadband laser source with Gaussian power density spectrum. The laser bandwidth is electronically adjustable and determines the spatial resolution which is independent of range. The Lidar system has no moving parts. The location to be resolved can be shifted numerically after the measurement meaning that a single measurement already contains the full range information. The features of constant resolution and numerical range scanning are in sharp contrast to ordinary CW Lidar systems.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.1100) Remote sensing and sensors : Aerosol detection
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
(280.1350) Remote sensing and sensors : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

Original Manuscript: November 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 4, 2013
Published: January 17, 2013

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Ernst Brinkmeyer and Thomas Waterholter, "Continuous wave synthetic low-coherence wind sensing Lidar: motionless measurement system with subsequent numerical range scanning," Opt. Express 21, 1872-1897 (2013)

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