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Instrument: CALIOP : Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization
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Spectral/Frequency Information
Wavelength Keyword: Visible
Number Channels: 2
Spectral/Frequency Coverage/Range: 532 nm,
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[Source: NASA CALIPSO Project Home Page, ]

The Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) instrument on CALIPSO is a two-wavelength polarization-sensitive lidar that provides high-resolution vertical profiles of aerosols and clouds. CALIOP utilizes three receiver channels: one measuring the 1064 nm backscatter intensity and two channels measuring orthogonally polarized components of the 532 nm backscattered signal. Dual 14-bit digitizers on each channel provide an effective 22-bit dynamic range. The receiver telescope is 1 meter in diameter. A redundant laser transmitter is included in the payload.

An active boresight system is employed to maintain co-alignment between the
transmitter and the receiver. Ball Aerospace Corporation, developed the

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Instrument Logistics
Data Rate: 316 kbps
Instrument Owner: USA/NASA

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