Accession Number : ADA294707

Title :   NRL Volume Imaging Lidar and Its Capabilities.

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : James, Jeffrey E. ; Hooper, William P.

PDF Url : ADA294707

Report Date : 31 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 70

Abstract : A volume imaging lidar (VIL) has been designed at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to characterize large (10 m to 1 km) aeresol structures in the maritime environment. The system is mounted in a shipping container and uses a dual mirror scanning system, Nd:YAG (1.06 micron) laser, and a 35 cm telescope. Measurements are routinely made at NRL's Chesapeake Beach Detachment (CBD) located 40 miles southeast of Washington DC. In addition, the system has been used at coastal sites (Wallops Island, VA and Point Sur, CA) and aboard ship (RV GLORITA). This paper discusses the design and operation of the VIL as well as its unique measurement capabilities. (MM)

Descriptors :   *OPTICAL RADAR, *ATMOSPHERIC MOTION, *ATMOSPHERIC SCATTERING, *SHIPPING CONTAINERS, Q SWITCHING, YAG LASERS, MIRRORS, CLOUDS, COASTAL REGIONS, AEROSOLS, SHELTERS, AIRBORNE, TURBULENCE, OPTICAL IMAGES, BACKSCATTERING, ALUMINUM, WIND DIRECTION, SHIPBOARD, DATA ACQUISITION, WIND VELOCITY, OPTICAL COATINGS, OPTICAL SCANNING, TELESCOPES, BOUNDARY LAYER FLOW.

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
      Optical Detection and Detectors
      Containers and Packaging

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE