LIDAR for Detection of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents

  • S Veerabuthiran Laser Science and Technology Centre, DRDO, Delhi
  • A K Razdan Laser Science and Technology Centre, DRDO, Delhi
Keywords: Lidar, DIAL, UV LIF lidar, Chemical and biological warfare agents, Ranging


Remote detection of chemical and biological warfare agents and toxic gases in the atmosphere is of current interest to both the military and civilian agencies. Out of all currently available techniques, no single technique provides efficient detection against such threats at significant standoff distances. Light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technologies, based on the transmission of laser pulses and analysis of the return signals, have demonstrated impressive capabilities in remote detection of such toxic chemicals. LIDAR is a highly sensitive tool to detect the extremely low concentrations of various toxic agents present in the form of thin clouds at distances of few kilometer. The detection of these toxic clouds is based on the approach of first detecting and measuring the range of the clouds using the scattering phenomena and subsequently identifying the composition of toxic clouds using absorption and fluorescence phenomena. Laser Science and Technology Centre (LASTEC), Delhi has been working on the design and development of LIDAR systems for detection of chemical and biological warfare (CBW) agents. In this paper, theoretical analysis of differential absorption LIDAR (DIAL) for detection of chemical agents and fluorescence LIDAR for detection of biological agents has been discussed. For some typical parametric conditions, the received power levels from different ranges to detect specific concentrations of chemical or biological clouds have been computed and discussed. The technical details of the indigenously developed backscattering LIDAR, which detects and measures the distance of cloud layers up to 5 km is also presented.

Defence Science Journal, 2011, 61(3), pp.241-250, DOI:

How to Cite
Veerabuthiran, S., & Razdan, A. (2011). LIDAR for Detection of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents. Defence Science Journal, 61(3), 241-250.
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