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Project Brief: Michigan Aerospace Corporation

NIST Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants


A multi-wavelength Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system will be developed and deployed to measure properties of aerosols critical for understanding climate change, atmospheric chemistry, and air quality.

RECIPIENT: Michigan Aerospace Corporation, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Project duration: 3 Years
  • Total NIST Funding: $1,499,463
This program will result in the delivery of a multi-wavelength LIDAR system that will provide unprecedented capability in characterizing atmospheric composition and chemistry. Advancements in aerosol characterization and the measurement of atmospheric transmittance will be possible through the separation of molecular and aerosol scattering. The LIDAR will measure aerosol optical depth, backscatter, depolarization, molecular temperature, molecular density, and wind velocity along the laser propagation direction. Improved atmospheric transmittance and aerosol characterization capabilities developed through this program will advance air quality and climate-change related measurements.

Public contact (for project information):

Peter Tchoryk, Jr., 734-975-8777 x108
ptchoryk [at] (ptchoryk[at]michaero[dot]com)

NIST Program Office Contact:

Jason Boehm, 301-975-8678Jason.boehm [at] (

Created January 20, 2010, Updated September 9, 2021