Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Research article
02 Mar 2021
Research article |  | 02 Mar 2021

A Compact Rayleigh Autonomous Lidar (CORAL) for the middle atmosphere

Bernd Kaifler and Natalie Kaifler

Data sets

The HALO Database, Mission: SOUTHWAVE German Aerospace Center

Short summary
This paper describes the Compact Rayleigh Autonomous Lidar (CORAL), which is the first lidar instrument to make fully automatic high-resolution measurements of atmospheric density and temperature between 15 and 90 km altitude. CORAL achieves a much larger measurement cadence than conventional lidars and thus facilitates studies of rare atmospheric phenomena.