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Spaceborne Simulations of Two Direct-Detection Doppler Lidar TechniquesDirect-detection (or incoherent) lidar is now a proven technique for measuring winds in the atmosphere. Over the last few years, several types of direct-detection lidar have evolved. These methods rely on Fabry-Perot interferometers(also termed etalons) or other narrow-passband filters to provide the required spectral resolution. One method, now called the edge (EDG) technique, uses a sharply-sloping filter and measures changes in the filter transmission caused by Doppler shifting of the laser wavelength. A variation of the EDG method, called the double-edge (DEDG) technique, uses two filters. The molecular DEDG method was first demonstrated by Chanin et al. for stratospheric measurements and more recently Korb et al. successfully demonstrated the aerosol DEDG through the troposphere. A second method, here termed the multi-channel (MC) technique, measures Doppler shifts by observing angular displacement of a Fabry-Perot fringe in a spatially resolving detector. The EDG technique thus employs the Fabry-Perot to convert the frequency shift into an amplitude signal, while the MC technique uses the Fabry-Perot to resolve the spectral signature which is then fitted to determine the centroid. The focus of this presentation is on the DEDG and MC methods because these are viewed as the current state of the art in direct-detection lidar. Successful ground-based demonstrations of direct-detection wind measurements have resulted in proposals for spaceborne systems. With this new emphasis on spaceborne systems comes the need for accurate prediction of spaceborne direct-detection Doppler lidar performance. Previously, the EDG and MC methods have been compared although only for aerosol Doppler systems. A recent paper by McGill and Spinhirne compares the DEDG and MC methods in a non-system specific manner for both the aerosol and molecular Doppler systems. The purpose of this presentation is to extend the previous work of McGill and Spinhirne to examine the performance of spaceborne profiling systems. Particular emphasis will be placed on the molecular systems, as these are viewed as the strength of direct-detection Doppler lidar.
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Acquisition Source
Goddard Space Flight Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
McGill, Matthew J.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Li, Steve X.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
August 18, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1998
Publication Information
Publication: Nineteenth International Laser Radar Conference
Issue: Part 2
Subject Category
Instrumentation And Photography
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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