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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1351–1353

Daylight measurements of mesopause temperature and vertical wind with the mobile scanning iron lidar

Josef Höffner and Jens Lautenbach  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 9, pp. 1351-1353 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.001351


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Abstract

We report on what we believe to be the first continuous daytime measurements of temperature and vertical wind with a mobile scanning iron lidar. The favorable combination of low backscatter coefficient, high number density, narrow resonance line, and strong Fraunhofer line allows nearly background-free observations during daylight. Owing to the low backscatter coefficient at 386 nm the Fe lidar can operate at a field of view of 54 μ rad , which permits efficient spectral filtering with a compact double etalon.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(040.5250) Detectors : Photomultipliers
(120.2440) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Filters
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(120.6780) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Temperature

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 22, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 8, 2009
Published: April 22, 2009

Citation
Josef Höffner and Jens Lautenbach, "Daylight measurements of mesopause temperature and vertical wind with the mobile scanning iron lidar," Opt. Lett. 34, 1351-1353 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-9-1351


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