Vol. 3, issue 09, article # 4

pdf Popov A. A., Shefer O. V. Interpretation of the anomalous backscattering effect. // Atmospheric and oceanic optics. 1990. V. 3. No. 09. P. 852-856.
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We derive a formula, based on the physical optics method, for the lidar backscattering coefficient which describes signals specularly reflected from oriented ice plates. This formula relates the anomalously high amplitudes of the reflected signals to the basic parameters of a polydisperse crystal medium. We also analyze the possibility of estimating the mean size of the crystals using measurements with a single-frequency lidar.