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Research article 10 Sep 2018

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Demonstration of an off-axis parabolic receiver for near-range retrieval of lidar ozone profiles

Betsy M. Farris1, Guillaume P. Gronoff3, William Carrion3, Travis Knepp3, Margaret Pippin2, and Timothy A. Berkoff2 Betsy M. Farris et al.
  • 1Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
  • 2NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23681, USA
  • 3Space Systems & Applications, Hampton, VA 23681, USA

Abstract. During the 2017 Ozone Water Land Environmental Transition Study (OWLETS), the Langley Mobile Ozone Lidar system utilized a new small diameter receiver to improve the retrieval of near-surface signals from 0.1 to 1km in altitude. This new receiver utilizes a single 90 degree fiber-coupled, off-axis parabolic mirror resulting in a compact form that is easy to align. The single reflective surface offers the opportunity to easily expand its use to multiple wavelengths for additional measurement channels such as visible wavelength aerosol measurements. This unique added capability allows for near-field analysis of ozone profile concentrations, enabling the study of near-surface pollution dynamics. Results compare the performance of the receiver to both ozonesonde and in-situ measurements from a UAV platform, validating the performance of the near-surface ozone retrievals.

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