Range-resolved pulsed and CWFM lidars: potential capabilities comparison
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- Agishev, R., Gross, B., Moshary, F. et al. Appl. Phys. B (2006) 85: 149. doi:10.1007/s00340-006-2254-6
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An analytical comparison of key capabilities for both continuous wave frequency modulated (CWFM) lidar and incoherent pulsed lidar is presented. Principles of CWFM-lidar architectures are described and the CWFM-lidar equation is derived. The dimensionless parameterization methodology is applied to both broad- and narrow-band lidars to perform their detailed estimates and a comparison of the operation range and sensitivity.