17 September 2013 Development of a pulsed 2-micron integrated path differential absorption lidar for CO2 measurement
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Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is an important greenhouse gas that significantly contributes to the carbon cycle and global radiation budget on Earth. Active remote sensing of CO2 is important to address several limitations that contend with passive sensors. A 2-micron double-pulsed, Integrated Path Differential Absorption (IPDA) lidar instrument for ground and airborne atmospheric CO2 concentration measurements via direct detection method is being developed at NASA Langley Research Center. This active remote sensing instrument will provide an alternate approach of measuring atmospheric CO2 concentrations with significant advantages. A high energy pulsed approach provides high-precision measurement capability by having high signal-to-noise ratio level and unambiguously eliminates the contamination from aerosols and clouds that can bias the IPDA measurement. Commercial, on the shelf, components are implemented for the detection system. Instrument integration will be presented in this paper as well as a background for CO2 measurement at NASA Langley research Center.
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Upendra N. Singh, Jirong Yu, Mulugeta Petros, Tamer Refaat, Karl Reithmaier, "Development of a pulsed 2-micron integrated path differential absorption lidar for CO2 measurement", Proc. SPIE 8872, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring XIV, 887209 (17 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2028245; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2028245
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