Tristatic high resolution doppler lidar to study winds and turbulence in the troposphere

V. J. Abreu, T. L. Killeen, P. B. Hays

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The implementation of a high resolution Doppler lidar (HRDL) to measure tropospheric winds and turbulence using a high resolution Fabry-Perot optical interferometer is considered. The Fabry-Perot detector system we have chosen is based on the one developed for passive wind measurements on board the Dynamics Explorer satellite. This is a stable high resolution system consisting of an optically contacted plane 6talon and a multiring anode detector to scan spatially the image plane of the Fabry-Perot. The Doppler lidar proposed here consists of two transmitters and a receiver in a collinear arrangement. This system enables measurement of a horizontal and the vertical components of the wind in a common volume in space. The volume is determined by the intersection of the field of view of the receiver and the divergence of the laser beam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2196-2202
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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