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Type: Journal article
Title: Towards quantitative atmospheric water vapor profiling with differential absorption lidar
Author: Dinovitser, A.
Gunn, L.
Abbott, D.
Citation: Optics Express, 2015; 23(17):22907-22921
Publisher: Optical Society of America
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1094-4087
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Alex Dinovitser, Lachlan J. Gunn and Derek Abbott
Abstract: Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) is a powerful laser-based technique for trace gas profiling of the atmosphere. However, this technique is still under active development requiring precise and accurate wavelength stabilization, as well as accurate spectroscopic parameters of the specific resonance line and the effective absorption cross-section of the system. In this paper we describe a novel master laser system that extends our previous work for robust stabilization to virtually any number of multiple side-line laser wavelengths for the future probing to greater altitudes. In this paper, we also highlight the significance of laser spectral purity on DIAL accuracy, and illustrate a simple re-arrangement of a system for measuring effective absorption cross-section. We present a calibration technique where the laser light is guided to an absorption cell with 33 m path length, and a quantitative number density measurement is then used to obtain the effective absorption cross-section. The same absorption cell is then used for on-line laser stabilization, while microwave beat-frequencies are used to stabilize any number of off-line lasers. We present preliminary results using ∼300 nJ, 1 μs pulses at 3 kHz, with the seed laser operating as a nanojoule transmitter at 822.922 nm, and a receiver consisting of a photomultiplier tube (PMT) coupled to a 356 mm mirror.
Rights: © 2015 Optical Society of America
RMID: 0030037509
DOI: 10.1364/OE.23.022907
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