Abstract

Laser pulse repetition frequency (prf) is a major factor in determining the performance of differential absorption lidar (DIAL) systems. The effects of laser prf on concentration measurement accuracy and maximum usable range are quantified. Heterodyne-detection (coherent) and direct-detection (noncoherent) as well as path-averaged and range-resolved DIAL systems are analyzed.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

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