The results of single-frequency (532 nm) laser sounding of the stratospheric aerosol, performed in the period 1984-1987 for altitudes of 12-30 km above sea level, are presented. The lidar was constructed based on a one-meter telescope located at an altitude of 2700 m. The altitude behavior of the backscattering ratio R(H) was determined for different seasons. The values of R(H) at the maximum of the Jung layer R(H) were on the average equal to 1.33 during the summer and 1.36 during the fall. Statistical analysis showed that the distribution of the quantities Rmax( H) and R(H) is somewhat asymmetric (during the summer the most probable value of Rmax(H) was found to be equal to 1.25).
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