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30 June 2006 LIDAR for measuring atmospheric extinction
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The Georgia Tech Research Institute and the University of New Mexico are developing a compact, rugged, eye safe lidar (laser radar) to be used specifically for measuring atmospheric extinction in support of the second generation of the CCD/Transit Instrument (CTI-II). The CTI-II is a 1.8 meter telescope that will be used to accomplish a precise timedomain imaging photometric and astrometric survey at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas. The supporting lidar will enable more precise photometry by providing real-time measurements of the amount of atmospheric extinction as well as its cause, i.e. low-lying aerosols, dust or smoke in the free troposphere, or high cirrus. The goal of this project is to develop reliable, cost-effective lidar technology for any observatory. The lidar data can be used to efficiently allocate observatory time and to provide greater integrity for ground-based data. The design is described in this paper along with estimates of the lidar's performance.
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M. Dawsey, G. Gimmestad, D. Roberts, J. McGraw, P. Zimmer, and J. Fitch "LIDAR for measuring atmospheric extinction", Proc. SPIE 6270, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems, 62701F (30 June 2006);

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