Abstract

Effects of lidar telescope overlap function modeling on the accuracy of aerosol backscatter measurements are discussed. The treatment pertains primarily to a lidar arrangement which combines high sensitivity and a large degree of geometrical signal compression but places stringent requirements on the accuracy of the overlap function modeling—coherent IR lidar with noncoaxial (side-by-side) transmit and receive telescopes. A model is presented which includes an unstable resonator transmitter and accommodates both coaxial and noncoaxial arrangements, and comparison is made to experimental results including effects of misalignment.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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