Abstract

We present both modeled capabilities of and experimental data from a Doppler lidar for the stratosphere and the lower mesosphere that uses the edge of a molecular iodine filter in a differential measurement to provide frequency discrimination. Modeled results show a capability for wind measurements to an altitude of 55  km with 1.5-km resolution in 30  min. Experimentally, wind-vector components from 18 to 45  km are measured every 20  min. The molecular-vapor filter provides great advantages with regard to system stability, operation in less-than-optimum weather conditions, and simplicity of data analysis.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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