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  • Vol. 22, Iss. S3 — May. 5, 2014
  • pp: A1009–A1022

UV polarization lidar for remote sensing new particles formation in the atmosphere

Grégory David, Benjamin Thomas, Yoan Dupart, Barbara D’Anna, Christian George, Alain Miffre, and Patrick Rairoux  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue S3, pp. A1009-A1022 (2014)

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Understanding new particles formation in the free troposphere is key for air quality and climate change, but requires accurate observation tools. Here, we discuss on the optical requirements ensuring a backscattering device, such as a lidar, to remotely observe nucleation events promoted by nonspherical desert dust or volcanic ash particles. By applying the Mie theory and the T-matrix code, we numerically simulated the backscattering coefficient of spherical freshly nucleated particles and nonspherical particles. We hence showed that, to remotely observe such nucleation events with an elastic lidar device, it should operate in the UV spectral range and be polarization-resolved. Two atmospheric case studies are proposed, on nucleation events promoted by desert dust, or volcanic ash particles. This optical pathway might be useful for climate, geophysical and fundamental purposes, by providing a range-resolved remote observation of nucleation events.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(290.1310) Scattering : Atmospheric scattering
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: March 14, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 18, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 18, 2014
Published: April 30, 2014

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Grégory David, Benjamin Thomas, Yoan Dupart, Barbara D’Anna, Christian George, Alain Miffre, and Patrick Rairoux, "UV polarization lidar for remote sensing new particles formation in the atmosphere," Opt. Express 22, A1009-A1022 (2014)

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