Professor Emeritus 

1964 – Ph.D., Stanford University

1968-2011, Colorado State University

1976-, Fellow, Optical Society of America

Light Scattering Spectroscopy and NA Lidar

My research is often interdisciplinary and involves laser light scattering spectroscopy. My recent emphasis is on atmospheric parameter measurements via laser light scattering from atmospheric atoms (Na, K and Fe) and linear molecules (N2, O2, and CO2). In this process, I have pioneered two high-spectral-resolution lidars. With Dave Krueger, we have established the CSU Lidar Observatory in Christman Field (1985-2010). The Sodium lidar there started regular observations in 1991 and it was relocated to Utah State University ( in 2010 and continued observations, now in its 31th years. This lidar has enabled many important science investigations. One amazing example is our record holding 9-day 24-hr continuous observations which exhibits correlated tidal 24-hr and 12-hr variations in raw profiles of temperature, zonal and meridional winds (see figure). Since retired from CSU, I have continued the same line of research in parttime. In the past two years, I have completed my first (and likely the last) book, entitled, “Atmospheric Lidar Fundamentals: Laser light scattering from atoms and linear molecules”, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Selected recent publications:

  1. She, C.-Y., H. Chen, and D. A. Krueger (2015), Optical Processes for Middle Atmospheric Doppler Lidars: Cabannes Scattering and Laser Induced Resonance Fluorescence, Jour. Opt. Soc. Am B 32, 1575-1592.
  2. She, C.‐Y., U. Berger, Z.‐A. Yan, et al. (2019), Solar Response and Long‐Term Trend of Midlatitude Mesopause Region Temperature Based on 28 Years (1990–2017) of Na Lidar Observations, J. Geophys. Res., 124, 7140–7156.
  3. She, C.-Y. (2019), Hanle effect in laser-induced fluorescence and Na and Fe resonance scattering lidars, Appl. Opt., 58, 8354 – 8361.
  4. She, C.-Y., D. A. Krueger, Z.-A. Yan and X. Hu (2021), Atomic vapor filter revisited: a Cabannes scattering temperature/wind lidar at 770 nm, Opt. Express 29, 4338-4362.