Combined use of Mie–Raman and fluorescence lidar observations for improving aerosol characterization: feasibility experiment

Veselovskii, Igor; Hu, Qiaoyun; Goloub, Philippe; Podvin, Thierry; Korenskiy, Mikhail; Pujol, Olivier; Dubovik, Oleg; Lopatin, Anton

To study the feasibility of a fluorescence lidar for aerosol characterization, the fluorescence channel is added to the LILAS multiwavelength Mie–Raman lidar of Lille University, France. A part of the fluorescence spectrum induced by 355 nm laser radiation is selected by the interference filter of 44 nm bandwidth centered at 466 nm. Such an approach has proved to have high sensitivity, allowing fluorescence signals from weak aerosol layers to be detected and the fluorescence backscattering coefficient from the ratio of fluorescence and nitrogen Raman backscatters to be calculated. Observations were performed during the November 2019–February 2020 period. The fluorescence capacity (ratio of fluorescence to elastic backscattering coefficients), measured under conditions of low relative humidity, varied in a wide range, being the highest for the smoke and the lowest for the dust particles. The results presented also demonstrate that the fluorescence measurements can be used for monitoring the aerosol inside the cloud layers.

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Veselovskii, Igor / Hu, Qiaoyun / Goloub, Philippe / et al: Combined use of Mie–Raman and fluorescence lidar observations for improving aerosol characterization: feasibility experiment. 2020. Copernicus Publications.

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