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Appl Opt. 2002 Jun 20;41(18):3725-34.

Cloud physics lidar: instrument description and initial measurement results.

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  • 1NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, USA. mcgill@virl.gsfc.nasa.gov


The new Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL) has been built for use on the NASA ER-2 high-altitude aircraft. The purpose of the CPL is to provide multiwavelength measurements of cirrus, subvisual cirrus, and aerosols with high temporal and spatial resolution. The CPL utilizes state-of-the-art technology with a high repetition rate, a low-pulse-energy laser, and photon-counting detection. The first deployment for the CPL was the Southern African Regional Science Initiative's 2000 field campaign during August and September 2000. We provide here an overview of the instrument and initial data results to illustrate the measurement capability of the CPL.

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