Alain Dabas

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A feuilleté model for assessment of the performance of heterodyne coherent laser radar (HCLR) under nonstationary atmospheric conditions such as wind shear and a fine layering of scattering properties is proposed. The model is an end-to-end signal simulation in the time domain at intermediate frequency from beam propagations to signal processing. The model(More)
Sea-breeze dynamics in southern France is investigated using an airborne Doppler lidar, a meteorological surface station network and radiosoundings, in the framework of the ESCOMPTE experiment conducted during summer 2001 in order to evaluate the role of thermal circulations on pollutant transport and ventilation. The airborne Doppler lidar WIND contributed(More)
The relationships among heterodyne efficiency γ, number of speckle cells M, and the ratio of receiver area to coherence area S(R)/S(C) for a pulsed coherent laser radar (CLR) are written through the use of mutual coherence functions. It is shown that numerical values for S(R)/S(C) that follow Goodman's definition [J. W. Goodman, in Laser Speckles and(More)
An optical technique is described that determines the path-averaged value of a refractive-index structure parameter at 10.6 microm by use of a pulsed coherent CO(2) lidar in direct detection and hard-target returns. The lidar measurements are compared with measurements taken by a 0.9-microm scintillometer and temperature probe (with humidity corrections).(More)
A four-element photomixer receiver has been tested in a 10-mum heterodyne Doppler lidar. It addresses a reduction of the variance of the power scattered off distributed aerosols targets at ranges as long as 8 km. An improvement in performance is expected when the four independent signals recorded on every single shot are combined. Two summation techniques(More)
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