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https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3103-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3103-2017
Research article
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25 Aug 2017
Research article |  | 25 Aug 2017

Using paraxial approximation to describe the optical setup of a typical EARLINET lidar system

Panagiotis Kokkalis

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The mathematical formulation for the optical setup of a typical EARLINET lidar system is given here. The equations describing a lidar system from the emitted laser beam to the projection of the telescope aperture on the final receiving unit (i.e., photomultiplier or photodiode) are presented, based on paraxial approximation and a geometric optics approach. The evaluation of the formulation is performed with ray-tracing simulations on a real system.