Technique for remotely measuring surface pressure from a satellite using a multicolor laser ranging system

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Abstract

The optical path length from a satellite to the earth’s surface is strongly dependent on the atmospheric pressure along the propagation path. Surface pressure can be measured by using a multicolor laser ranging system to observe the change with wavelength in the optical path length from the satellite to a ground target. The equations which relate surface pressure to the differential path lengths are derived, and the accuracy of the pressure measurement is evaluated in terms of the ranging system parameters. The results indicate that pressure accuracies of a few millibars appear feasible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3184-3189
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Optics
Volume18
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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