Airborne laser systems for atmospheric sounding in the near infrared

Sabatini, R, Richardson, M, Jia, H and Zammit-Mangion, D 2012, 'Airborne laser systems for atmospheric sounding in the near infrared', in Thomas Graf, Jacob I. Mackenzie, Helena Jelínková, John Powell (ed.) Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8433, Brussels, Belgium, 16-19 April 2012, pp. 1-40.


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Title Airborne laser systems for atmospheric sounding in the near infrared
Author(s) Sabatini, R
Richardson, M
Jia, H
Zammit-Mangion, D
Year 2012
Conference name Laser Sources and Applications
Conference location Brussels, Belgium
Conference dates 16-19 April 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8433
Editor(s) Thomas Graf, Jacob I. Mackenzie, Helena Jelínková, John Powell
Publisher SPIE
Place of publication United States
Start page 1
End page 40
Total pages 40
Abstract This paper presents new techniques for atmospheric sounding using Near Infrared (NIR) laser sources, direct detection electro-optics and passive infrared imaging systems. These techniques allow a direct determination of atmospheric extinction and, through the adoption of suitable inversion algorithms, the indirect measurement of some important natural and man-made atmospheric constituents, including Carbon Dioxide (CO2). The proposed techniques are suitable for remote sensing missions performed by using aircraft, satellites, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), parachute/gliding vehicles, Roving Surface Vehicles (RSV), or Permanent Surface Installations (PSI). The various techniques proposed offer relative advantages in different scenarios. All are based on measurements of the laser energy/power incident on target surfaces of known geometric and reflective characteristics, by means of infrared detectors and/or infrared cameras calibrated for radiance. (cont.)
Subjects Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
Avionics
Lasers and Quantum Electronics
Climate Change Processes
Navigation and Position Fixing
Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Airborne Lasers
Atmospheric Sounding
Carbon Dioxide
Green Aircraft Operations
DOI - identifier 10.1117/12.915718
Copyright notice © 2012 SPIE
ISSN 0277-786X
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