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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 12 — Dec. 4, 2000
  • pp: 427–435

Polarization lidar: Corrections of instrumental effects

Jens Biele, Georg Beyerle, and Gerd Baumgarten  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 7, Issue 12, pp. 427-435 (2000)

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An algorithm for correcting instrumental effects in polarization lidar studies is discussed. Cross-talk between the perpendicular and parallel polarization channels and imperfect polarization of the transmitted laser beam are taken into account. On the basis of the Mueller formalism it is shown that - with certain assumptions - the combined effects of imperfect polarization of the transmitted laser pulse, non-ideal properties of transmitter and receiver optics and cross-talk between parallel and perpendicular polarization channels can be described by a single parameter, which is essentially the overall system depolarization.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

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Original Manuscript: October 13, 2000
Published: December 4, 2000

Jens Biele, Georg Beyerle, and Gerd Baumgarten, "Polarization Lidar: Correction of instrumental effects," Opt. Express 7, 427-435 (2000)

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