Atmospheric Analysis LIDARs

Model: Various available (modular design means variable telescope size, laser type and power, number and type of detection channels, etc)

Uses: Various atmospheric uses, including aerosol tracking, cloud monitoring, pollution tracking, etc

Product Status: On sale for the past 10 years

Example Clients: Research organizations, academic institutions, national and international climate monitoring agencies, meteorological organisations, etc

Introduction: Raymetrics has a strong history of building exceptional LIDARs for atmospheric applications, with over a decade of experience designing systems commercially. Products are suitable for a wide range of applications with a huge range of options available. Please contact to discuss your requirements.


Options: Raymetrics designs modular lidars, meaning a huge number of configurations are available without significant cost increases, including:

  • Laser type (flashlamp or diode pumped)
  • Laser power (0.5, 30, 60, 90mJ per pulse at 355nm)
  • Telescope size (200, 300, 400mm standard - others on request)
  • Number and type of detection channels (from 355nm backscatter, 355nm depolarization, 387nm nitrogen Raman, 408nm nitrogen Raman, 532nm backscatter, 532nm depolarization, 607nm nitrogen Raman, 1064nm backscatter)
  • Automated 3D scanning, manual scanning or vertical deployment
  • Optional accessories including inbuilt GPS, climate control, blower system for cleaning windows, vehicle mounting, etc 


Parameters Detected: We can provide several different types of LIDARs including Backscatter, Raman, Micropulse and also DIAL LIDARs, capable of measuring a wide range of parameters, including:

  • Backscatter coefficient
  • Colour ratio
  • Depolarization ratio
  • Extinction coefficient
  • Optical depth
  • Extinction-to-backscatter ratio
  • Water vapour profiles
  • Atmospheric molecules
  • Ångström exponent (backscatter and
  • extinction-related)
  • Aerosol type determination (dust,
  • maritime, fire smoke, urban haze)
  • Aerosol microphysical properties (volume
  • and surface conc., refractive index)
  • Single scattering albedo (aerosol)


Applications: Our atmospheric LIDARs are suitable for a range of purposes, including studies of:

  • Aerosols - Vertical and temporal profiling, Atmospheric layering, Atmospheric transport studies, Location of pollution emission sources
  • Clouds - Water/ice determination, Cloud dynamic evolution, Cloud thicknesses (thin clouds), 3D dynamic cloud modelling, Cloud base height, Convective cell structure
  • Planetary Boundary Layer - PBL height, Layer mixing height, Dynamic structure evolution
  • Water Vapour Profiles
  • Ozone Studies


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