Maui mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MALT) Na lidar enterprise

Chad G. Carlson, Gary R. Swenson, Peter D Dragic, Alan Liu

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number59790W
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventRemote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere X - Bruges, Belgium
Duration: Sep 19 2005Sep 21 2005


  • Mesosphere and lower thermosphere
  • Remote sensing
  • Resonance lidar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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