12 December 2006 Examination of lidar lightning measurement
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This study examines the feasibility of optical remote measurement of the electromagnetic field or the electron density distribution in thundercloud. We considered the contribution of Faraday effect as the magneto-optical effect to the change in polarization of the backscattered light, assuming a polarizing lidar configuration. We estimate that, if the lidar can detect the polarizing rotation angle in the plane perpendicular to the propagating beam with a dynamic range of more than 30dB, the lidar can be used to predict lightning strikes.
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Tatsuo Shiina, Toshio Honda, Tetsuo Fukuchi, "Examination of lidar lightning measurement", Proc. SPIE 6409, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring VII, 64090Y (12 December 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.693735; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.693735
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