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12 January 2004 Stability of an iterative multiwavelength lidar scheme
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Multiwavelength elastic lidar is often used to probe the aerosol profiles of the atmosphere. Normally, the atmosphere is considered homogeneous and an a-priori aerosol ratio is given for each wavelength channel which is then processed independently. However, it is clear that the multiwavelength retrieved backscatter profiles should contain information that can be used to estimate particle size distribution which may provide a new estimate to range dependant aerosol ratio profiles which can be repeated until convergence. In this paper, we illustrate the basic idea of using multiwavelength data using a two wavelength lidar to obtain local information on the lidar ratio which can be used to improve lidar profiling in inhomogeneous atmospheres and show that a key feature of any scheme is the monotonic dependance between the optical data ratio and the distribution parameter. In addition, we extend the approach to a prototypical Nd:YAG three wavelength (355, 532, 1064nm) lidar arrangement and show that while an iterative lidar procedure can be used to extract range dependant profiles, imprecision in the inversion procedure as well as error propagation of the lidar back integration can hamper convergence.
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Marco Vargas, Barry Gross, Fred Moshary, and Sam Ahmed "Stability of an iterative multiwavelength lidar scheme", Proc. SPIE 5240, Laser Radar Technology for Remote Sensing, (12 January 2004);

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