The Air Force Geophysics Laboratory’s low altitude lidar system is equipped to measure the polarization properties of the backscattered 532-nm radiation from a 125-mJ/pulse Nd:YAG laser (30 mJ/pulse at 532 nm). The polarization properties are determined by calculating the Stokes parameters from four different polarization measurements which are made on successive lidar runs. System upgrades are being made so that these polarization measurements can be made nearly simultaneously.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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