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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1985
  • pp: 2430–2432

Optical-scintillation method of measuring turbulence inner scale

Gerard R. Ochs and Reginald J. Hill  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 24, Issue 15, pp. 2430-2432 (1985)

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An optical technique is described that uses coherent and incoherent optical scintillation to measure the path-averaged value of the turbulence inner scale. The technique is verified by comparison with an in situ measurement, and inner scale values obtained 1.5 m above the ground over a 24-h period are shown.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 10, 1984
Published: August 1, 1985

Gerard R. Ochs and Reginald J. Hill, "Optical-scintillation method of measuring turbulence inner scale," Appl. Opt. 24, 2430-2432 (1985)

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  1. R. J. Hill, G. R. Ochs, “Surface-Layer Micrometeorology by Optical Scintillation Techniques,” in Technical Digest, Topical Meeting on Optical Techniques for Remote Probing of the Atmosphere (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1983), paper TuC16.
  2. J. C. Wyngaard, J. C. Kaimal, G. R. Ochs, R. J. Hill, D. C. Sorensen, “An Optical Heat Flux Experiment,” in Fourth Symposium on Meteorological Observations and Instrumentation, 10–14 Apr., Denver, Color. (American Meteorological Society, Boston, 1978).
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  8. V. I. Tatarskii, The Effects of the Turbulent Atmosphere on Wave Propagation (Keter Press, Jerusalem, 1971).
  9. R. J. Hill, “Models of the Scalar Spectrum for Turbulent Advection,” J. Fluid Mech. 88, 541 (1978). [CrossRef]

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