1 November 2005 Maui mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MALT) Na lidar enterprise
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Na Wind/Temperature lidar offers a method to study the dynamics and thermal structure of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MALT) through Doppler methods. The University of Illinois system has been operated at both the USAF Starfire Optical Range in Albuquerque, NM (94, 98-00') and at the USAF AMOS Maui facilities with receiving mirrors that are 3.5 m in diameter. An autonomous receiving system is being developed which will provide unrestricted and continuous operational capabilities. The bi-static operational receivers will be coupled with multiple fibers so that Na (589 nm) returns from the MALT region and Rayleigh (355 nm) returns from the stratosphere and mesosphere can be received simultaneously. The system will be described with attention to increased efficiencies in the receiver.
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Chad G. Carlson, Gary R. Swenson, Peter Dragic, Alan Liu, "Maui mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MALT) Na lidar enterprise", Proc. SPIE 5979, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere X, 59790W (1 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.625889; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.625889
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