A bistatic imaging lidar system using a cooled CCD camera as a detector has been developed for the observation of aerosols, fog, and clouds in the lower atmosphere, especially within several hundred meters of the Earth’s surface. Theoretical discussion showed that the received signal does not depend on the measured range. The potential of the bistatic imaging lidar was confirmed through results of nighttime observations of atmospheric phenomena up to 300 m. A range-resolved profile was obtained without scanning and with a very short time resolution, within 1 min.
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K. Meki, K. Yamaguchi, X. Li, Y. Saito, T. D. Kawahara, and A. Nomura, "Range-resolved bistatic imaging lidar for the measurement of the lower atmosphere," Opt. Lett. 21, 1318-1320 (1996)