17 September 2013 Recent improvements to the Raman-shifted eye-safe aerosol lidar (REAL)
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Improvements to the original NCAR/NSF Raman-shifted Eye-safe Aerosol Lidar (REAL) made between 2008 and 2013 are described. They are aimed mainly at optimizing and stabilizing the performance of the system for long-term, unattended, network-controlled, remote monitoring of the horizontal vector wind field and boundary layer height, and observing atmospheric boundary layer phenomena such as fine-scale waves and density current fronts. In addition, we have improved the polarization purity of the transmitted laser radiation and studied in the laboratory the effect of the beam-steering unit mirrors on the transmitted polarization as part of a longer-term effort to make absolute polarization measurements of aerosols and clouds.
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Shane D. Mayor, Shane D. Mayor, Anna Petrova-Mayor, Anna Petrova-Mayor, Bruce Morley, Bruce Morley, Scott Spuler, Scott Spuler, "Recent improvements to the Raman-shifted eye-safe aerosol lidar (REAL)", Proc. SPIE 8872, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring XIV, 88720B (17 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2025318; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2025318

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