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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2000
  • pp: 1231–1233

Wind measurements with 355-nm molecular Doppler lidar

Bruce M. Gentry, Huailin Chen, and Steven X. Li  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 17, pp. 1231-1233 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.25.001231


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Abstract

A Doppler lidar system based on the molecular double-edge technique is described. The system is mounted in a modified van to permit deployment in field operations. The lidar operates with a tripled Nd:YAG laser at 355 nm, a 45-cm-aperture telescope, and a matching azimuth-over-elevation scanner to permit full sky access. Validated atmospheric wind profiles were measured from 1.8 to 35 km with a 178-m vertical resolution. The range-dependent rms deviation of the horizontal wind speed is 0.4–6 m/s. The measured wind speed and direction are in good agreement with the rawinsonde wind measurements made simultaneously from the same location.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.7030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Troposphere
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot

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Bruce M. Gentry, Huailin Chen, and Steven X. Li, "Wind measurements with 355-nm molecular Doppler lidar," Opt. Lett. 25, 1231-1233 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-25-17-1231


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