29 July 2002 NEXLASER: an unattended tropospheric aerosol and ozone lidar
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This paper describes the development of a laboratory prototype unattended LIDAR system to measure aerosol profiles to 10km and ozone profiles to 3km. One consideration in an unattended system is a robust, eye-safe optical design that can provide the necessary signal levels and dynamic range to produce profiles at required height, resolution, and accuracy. An equally important consideration is a set of algorithms to compute aerosol and ozone profiles under a range of atmospheric conditions. NEXLASER employs an atmospheric state model to help identify and adapt to the varied conditions it must encounter. The signal-to-noise requirements of the algorithms are demonstrated and related back to hardware design. Performance of the system is demonstrated with simulated atmospheric conditions.
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John M. Stewart, John M. Stewart, Gary G. Gimmestad, Gary G. Gimmestad, David W. Roberts, David W. Roberts, Leanne L. West, Leanne L. West, Jack W. Wood, Jack W. Wood, } "NEXLASER: an unattended tropospheric aerosol and ozone lidar", Proc. SPIE 4723, Laser Radar Technology and Applications VII, (29 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.476409; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.476409
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