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The new lidar on location in the penthouse laboratory of our building where it is running 24-hours per day in an extended shakedown test. More than 6000 hours of operation had been logged as of 1-Feb-04. (click on image to enlarge)

The new lidar and graduate student Ralph Kuehn. This housing provides a dust-free, temperature-controlled enviornment for the lidar. The complete system is shown. Only power and network connections need to be supplied for operation. (click on image to enlarge)

The lidar with the environmental housing removed. (click on image to enlarge)

Specifications (July 2005)

Transmitted power----------------- 400 mw
Wavelength------------------------ 532 nm (locked to line 1109 of iodine)
Laser pulse width----------------- 40 ns
Repetition rate--------------------- 4 kHz
Reciever field of view------------- 45 microradian
Reciever apperture----------------- 40 cm
Reciever spectral bandpass---------- 6 GHz (pressure tuned etalon)
Aerosol blocking filter bandwidth-- 1.8 GHz (line 1109 of iodine spectrum)
Molecular channel detector--------- Perkin-Elmer SPCM-ARQ-13, QE ~50% @532nm
High gain combined channel detector-- Perkin-Elmer SPCM-ARQ-12
Low gain combined channel detector-- Perkin_Elmer SPCM-ARQ-12FC
Cross Polarization channel detector-- Perkin_Elmer SPCM-ARQ-12FC
Data acqusition---------------------- Photon counting
Altitude resolution------------------ 7.5 m, (ie 50 nsec bin width)
Altitude range recorded-------------- 0---->30km
Typical time resolution-------------- 2.5 s (programable)

Zemax schematic of the Arctic HSRL showing the optical design and the various light paths through the instrument. This drawing shows the system configuration as of 15-Feb-04.

Site requirements for operation of the Arctic HSRL pdf file.

Shipping information for the Arctic HSRL jpg file.

A schematic drawing of the new lidar design (pre-construction version of design). The received and transmitted beams share a single telescope. This greatly reduces the difficultly of maintaining system alignment. However, it generates possible problems with detector overload from stray transmitted light scattered by optical surfaces. Initial testing shows acceptable levels of stray light.

A prespective drawing showing the layout of the Arctic HSRL without its insulating enclosure. The telescope is tilted 4 degrees from the vertical to reduce the influence of specular reflections from oriented ice crystals.

A photo of Igor Razenkov and Bob Holz operating the Arctic HSRL during initial testing with the system on a temporary table and without the enviornmental housing which will be required to maintain stable operation.


A MPEG 4 movie prepared by Igor Razenkov showing early phases of the Arctic HSRL system construction and testing.(37.8 mbyte).

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