Department Optical Soundings
Main objectives of the IAP department Optical Soundings are groundbased optical soundings of the middle and upper atmosphere (stratosphere, mesosphere, lower thermosphere) and the scientific interpretation of the processes in these atmospheric regions, but also the troposphere. Lidar instruments (LIDAR = Light Detection and Ranging) and in-situ detectors on board of stratospheric balloons are the main experimental methods used by our department. The lidar allows active groundbased long-term determination of various atmospheric components and parameters within the altitude range of about 0-120 km altitude. Another important goal of our work is the modelling and theoretical interpretation of experimentally observed processes.
Until 2007 also in-situ measurements with sounding rockets have been performed within this department of IAP. Since 2008 the observations with sounding rockets are part of thedepartment Radar Soundings and Sounding Rockets (Head: Prof. Dr. Jorge L. Chau).