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Parameter design of a biaxial lidar ceilometer

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Eduard Gregorio

Universitat de Lleida, Department of Agroforestry Engineering, Campus de Cappont, Edifici CREA, C/ Pere de Cabrera s/n, 25001 Lleida, Spain

Francesc Rocadenbosch

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, RSLab, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Campus Nord, Edifici D4, C/ Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona, Spain

Jordi Tiana-Alsina

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, RSLab, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Campus Nord, Edifici D4, C/ Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona, Spain

Adolfo Comerón

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, RSLab, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Campus Nord, Edifici D4, C/ Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona, Spain

Ricardo Sanz

Universitat de Lleida, Department of Agroforestry Engineering, Campus ETSEA, Edifici 4, Avda. Rovira Roure 191, 25198 Lleida, Spain

Joan R. Rosell-Polo

Universitat de Lleida, Department of Agroforestry Engineering, Campus ETSEA, Edifici 4, Avda. Rovira Roure 191, 25198 Lleida, Spain

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1), 063546 (Jul 11, 2012). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.6.063546
History: Received August 24, 2011; Revised May 15, 2012; Accepted May 22, 2012
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Abstract.  This paper presents parameter design methodology and related optomechanical engineering of a 905-nm diode-laser biaxial, eye-safe lidar ceilometer prototype for cloud-height monitoring. Starting with a brief review of the state-of-the-art ceilometer technology, acceptable parameter ranges are identified for the key system parts. Parameter tuning is achieved by imposing goal criteria on the simulated signal-to-noise ratio and laser-telescope overlap factor. The system is based on a low-cost pulsed semiconductor laser, low-cost Fresnel-lens telescope, a low-noise-equivalent power avalanche-photodiode optoelectronic receiver, and collimating/focusing adjustable parts. Finally, preliminary test measurements are presented.

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Eduard Gregorio ; Francesc Rocadenbosch ; Jordi Tiana-Alsina ; Adolfo Comerón ; Ricardo Sanz, et al.
"Parameter design of a biaxial lidar ceilometer", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1), 063546 (Jul 11, 2012). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.6.063546


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