Vol. 9, issue 12, article # 8Zuev V.V., Marichev V.N., Bondarenko S.L., Dolgii S.I., Sharabarin E.V. Preliminary results of tropospheric temperature sounding using a raman lidar on the first vibrational-rotational transition of nitrogen molecules. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 1996. V. 9. No. 12. P. 1022-1023.
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The paper describes the first results of the tropospheric temperature sounding using a Raman lidar. The temperature is reconstructed from signals on the first vibrational-rotational transition of nitrogen molecules (384 nm) excited by the 353-nm radiation. The latter, in its turn, is the SRS-conversion of the XeCl-laser radiation in a cell filled with hydrogen. The lidar temperature profiles, obtained during the experiment, cover the altitude range from 3 to 14 km and are close to the model temperature distribution. The rms error varies from 5 K at low altitudes to 20 K at 14 km altitude. The accuracy of temperature reconstruction can be easily improved by the increase of the signal accumulation time from 20 min to an hour and more.