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Research Areas
  • Remote Sensing
  • Earth's Atmosphere
  • Passive Optical Instruments
  • Active Optical Instruments
  • Thermal Structure
  • Dynamics Process
  • Coupling Process
  • Aerosols
  • Ice Clouds
  • Novel Optical Instrumentation
  • Scientific Application

Jens Lautenbach

Dr. Jens Lautenbach received his M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Applied Science Wildau, Germany in 2001. Thereafter Dr. Lautenbach started in the Department of Optical Soundings at the Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) at the University of Rostock, Germany to carry out his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science. During these years and the postdoctoral time at IAP, he participated in diverse scientific research work, including the design and development of a novel mobile scanning Iron lidar. He has co–supervised and organized a scientific field campaign over several months in the arctic and investigated the thermal structure, metal, and ice particles in the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere region at different latitudes with lidar and radar instruments. The comparison of all these parameters lead to new and unexpected scientific results.

In early 2009, Dr. Lautenbach spent one month at the Arecibo Observatory as a visiting scientist before he took up a research associate position in the Atmospheric Physics Group of the University of Adelaide, Australia. The Atmospheric Physics Group constructed a new lidar facility where he participated in the management and coordination of the lidar project, including budget development and leading meetings. In collaboration with the Optics and Photonics Group at the University of Adelaide, a Rayleigh backscatter lidar was designed and commissioned to investigate the middle atmosphere at the Buckland Park.

In 2011, Dr. Lautenbach returned to IAP to continue with instrument development and application, as well as studying the thermal structure and ice clouds in the Stratosphere and Mesosphere. Since 2015 Dr. Lautenbach is working in the Space and Atmospheric Sciences group of the Arecibo Observatory, first as Senior Research Scientist under SRI International, and later as Observatory Scientist under the University of Central Florida.

In his position as Observatory Scientist, Dr. Lautenbach maintains a vigorous research program in optical aeronohis and facilitate ongoing community research activities at the arecibo Observatory. Dr. Lautenbach is responsible for the management, operation, and maintenance of the active potassium resonance lidar program and develop his personal research program based on the extant instrumentation (e.g., Culebra aerosol Research Lidar project).

His duties include, but are not limited to conduct regular observations, hardware maintenance and developments, data analysis and dissemination, serving as a liaison to the international aeronohis community, write proposals for new external funding, publish and present research results both independently and in collaboration with arecibo colleagues and users, as well as other scientists.

In the Potassium Lidar Research Program, Dr. Lautenbach managed of the operation and maintenance of the potassium lidar including data analysis and data dissemination.

Through the NSF Supplement award, he received funding designed for the development of a customized container to employ the Culebra Aerosol Research Lidar (CARLA) project where he served as Principal Investigator. This project was funded by the Puerto Rico Science, Technology–Research Trust to investigate aerosol properties and the Saharan air Layer over the island of Culebra.

Dr. Lautenbach was awarded the Travel Support Relief Grant from the American Geophysical Union to participate in the AGU Fall meeting in 2017 and received the Sciences Faculty Research Grant from an overseas conference scheme at The University of Adelaide for attending three international conferences.

In the time from 2007 to 2019, Dr. Jens Lautenbach was the academic adviser of three Bachelor thesis, one Master thesis, two Honours degree student, three Research Experiences for undergraduates (REU) students, and one internship student.

Peer-reviewed publications


Raizada, S., J. a. Smith, J. Lautenbach, N. aponte, P. Perillat, M. Sulzer and J. D. Mathews, New lidar observations of Ca+ in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere over arecibo. Geophysical Research Letters,47 (5)


Allard, M., J. Lautenbach and L. Quintero, New microcontroller unit improving stability and functionality of the optical chopper for Atmospheric LIDAR, Proc. SPIE 10925, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering VI, 1092518


Yue, X., J.S. Friedman, Q. Zhou, X. Wu and J. Lautenbach, Long–term Lidar Observations of the Gravity Wave activity near the Mesopause at arecibo, atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.–2018–731

Reid, I.M., J. Lautenbach, a.D. MacKinnon, a. Klekociuk, L. Twigger and D.J. Ottaway, The Buckland Park Rayleigh Lidar: Description and Early Results, Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), aS30–D4–aM1–319a–003.

Lautenbach, J., C. G. Brum, M. P. Sulzer, P. T. Santos and N. aponte, Observation of a Wavelike Event over the arecibo Observatory, AGU Fall Meeting abstract id. Sa43B–3508


Lautenbach, J., J. Hoffner, F–J. Lubken, M. Kopp and M. Gerding, Ten–year climatology of potassium number density at 54˚ N, 12˚ E, Journal of atmospheric and Solar–Terrestrial Physics 162, 172–177

Piccone, a. N. and J. Lautenbach, upgrading the arecibo Potassium Lidar Receiver for Meridional Wind Measurements, AGU Fall Meeting abstract id. Sa21a–2507

Franco–Diaz, E., S. Raizada, C. G. Marques Brum and J. Lautenbach, Estimation of 557.7 nm Emission altitude using Co–located Lidars and Photometers over arecibo, AGU Fall Meeting abstract id. Sa21a–2503


Lautenbach, J., J.S. Friedman, J.a. Smith and S. Raizada, Vertical Wind Measurements with K Doppler lidar at the arecibo Observatory, AGU Fall Meeting abstract id. Sa21a–2363

Franco–Diaz, E., J. Lautenbach, J.S. Friedman and S. Raizada, Enhanced Capabilities of the arecibo Observatory Resonance Lidar Systems, AGU Fall Meeting abstract id. Sa43B–2397

Raizada, S., J.S. Friedman, C. G. Marques Brum, J. Lautenbach and E. Franco, Comparison of mesospheric Na and K layers and tidal structures during the summer and winter over arecibo, AGU Fall Meeting abstract id. Sa21a–2353


Raizada, S., C. G. Marques Brum, C.a. Tepley, J. Lautenbach, J.S. Friedman, J.D. Mathews, F.T. Djuth and C. Kerr, First simultaneous measurements of Na and K thermospheric layers along with TILs from arecibo, Geophysical Research Letters 42 (23)


Friedman, J.S., D. Maldonado–Nieves, I.Gonzalez, J. Lautenbach, X. Chu, Ja. Smith and W. Huang, High spectral resolution test and calibration of an ultra–narrowband Faraday anomalous dispersion optical filter for use in daytime mesospheric resonance Doppler lidar, Journal of atmospheric and Solar–Terrestrial Physics 80


Hoffner, J., J. Lautenbach and F.J. Lubken, Temperature, NLC/aerosol and metal observations by mobile potassium/iron Doppler lidar at Spitsbergen, 78˚ N and andoya, 69˚ N, 38th COSPaR Scientific assembly 38, 4

Lautenbach, J., I.M. Reid, D.J. Hosken, a.D. MacKinnon, J. Munch and D.J. Ottaway, Laser remote sensing for a better understanding of the middle atmosphere, 19th australian Institute of Physics Congress

Lautenbach J., I.M. Reid, D.J. Ottaway, D.J. Hosken, a.D. MacKinnon, J. Munch, N. Simakov and P.J. Veitch, a new lidar facility to investigate the middle atmosphere over Buckland Park, australia, 35˚ S, 25th International Laser Radar Conference, ISBN:978–5–94458–109–9, 136–139


Lautenbach, J., J. Hoffner, M. Gerding and F.J. Lubken, Spectral measurements of Resonance, Rayleigh and aerosol scattering from the troposphere to the mesosphere by LIDAR, Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers and Spectroscopy (ACOLS / ACOFT)

Lubken, J.F., J. Lautenbach, J. Hoffner, M. Rapp and M. Zecha, First continuous temperature measurements within polar mesosphere summer echoes, Journal of atmospheric and Solar–Terrestrial Physics 71 (3–4), 453–463

Hoffner, J. and J. Lautenbach, Daylight measurements of mesopause temperature and vertical wind with the mobile scanning iron lidar, Optics letters 34 (9), 1351–1353


Gerding, M., J. Hoffner, J. Lautenbach, M. Rauthe and F.J. Lubken, Seasonal variation of nocturnal temperatures between 1 and 105 km altitude at 54˚ N observed by lidar, atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 8 (24), 7465–7482

Luebken F.J., J. Hoeffner and J. Lautenbach, The Mobile Scanning Iron Lidar: a new approach for Background Free Doppler Measurements of Rayleigh/Mie/Resonance Scattering at Daylight, AGU Fall Meeting abstract id. Sa53D–04

Luebken F.J., J. Lautenbach, M. Rapp, J. Hoeffner and M. Zecha, Temperatures and PMSE at Spitsbergen: implications for physical processes in the upper atmosphere, 37th COSPaR Scientific assembly 37, 1836

Lautenbach, J., J. Hoffner, F.J. Lubken and M. Zecha, The thermal structure at the topside and above of polar mesosphere summer echoes over Spitsbergen 78˚ N, annales. Geophysicae 26, 1083–1088


Lautenbach, J., Experimentelle untersuchungen mit einem Lidar zur thermischen Struktur der Mesopausen–Region bei polaren und mittleren Breiten, Doctoral Thesis, IaP, Nr. 22/2007, ISSN 1615–8083


Strelnikov, B., M. Rapp, T.a. Blix, N. Engler, J. Hoffner, J. Lautenbach, F.J. Lubken, B. Smiley and M. Friedrich, In situ observations of small scale neutral and plasma dynamics in the mesosphere/lower thermosphere at 79 N, advances in Space Research 38 (11), 2388–2393

Hoffner, J., J. Lautenbach, C. Fricke–Begemann and F.J. Lubken, Polar mesosphere temperature observations by lidar and falling sphere at 78 N Proceedings of the 23rd ILRC Conference, Nara, Japan, 24–28 July 2006, 373–376


Lautenbach, J., J. Hoeffner, P. Menzel and P. Keller, The new scanning iron lidar, current state and future developments, ESA Special Publication 590, 327–329


Lautenbach, J. and J. Hoffner, Scanning iron temperature lidar for mesopause temperature observation, applied optics 43 (23), 4559–4563

Lubken, F.J, J. Hoffner, J. Lautenbach, a. Mullemann, M. Zecha and J. Rottger, Small scale layers and the thermal structure in the high latitude (78˚ N) summer mesosphere, 35th COSPaR Scientific assembly 35, 2025


Hoffner, J., C. Fricke–Begemann, J. Lautenbach and P. Menzel, Seasonal Temperatures by Potassium Lidar at Spitsbergen, 78˚ N, AGU Fall Meeting abstract id. Sa42a–07

Lautenbach, J., J. Hoffner, C. Fricke–Begemann, F.J. Lubken and a. Mullemann, Observations of noctilucent clouds and temperatures at Svalbard at 78˚N, Proceedings of the Mesospheric Cloud Meeting 2003, Galway, Ireland, 2003.


Lautenbach, J., aufbau einer dopplerfreien Polarisationsspektroskopie als Wellenlangenstandard anhand der Kalium (D1)–Linie, M.Sc. Thesis, university of applied Sciences Wildau, WS Technik, P04/97(01)