Laser Imaging Nephelometer for aircraft deployment Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract. Validation of remote sensing retrievals of aerosol microphysical and optical properties requires in situ measurements of the same properties. We present here an improved imaging nephelometer for measuring the directionality and polarization of light (i.e. polarimetry) scattered at two wavelengths (405 nm and 660 nm) with high temporal resolution. The instrument was designed for airborne deployment and is capable of ground-based measurements as well. The Laser Imaging Nephelometer (LiNeph) uses two orthogonal detectors with wide-angle lenses and linearly polarized light sources to measure both the phase function, P11(θ), and degree of linear polarization, -P12/P11(θ). In this work, we will describe the instrument function and calibration, as well as data acquisition and reduction. The instrument was first deployed aboard the NASA DC-8 during the 2019 FIREX-AQ campaign. Here, we present field measurements of smoke plumes that show that the LiNeph has sufficient resolution for 0.24 Hz polarimetric measurements at two wavelengths, 405 and 660 nm, at integrated scattering coefficients ranging from 50–80,000 Mm−1.;

publication date

  • August 30, 2021

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Date in CU Experts

  • September 13, 2021 1:00 AM

Full Author List

  • Ahern AT; Erdesz F; Wagner NL; Brock CA; Lyu M; Slovacek K; Moore RH; Wiggins EB; Murphy DM

author count

  • 9

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