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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 2003
  • pp: 3451–3459

Horizontal scintillation detection and ranging C n 2 (z) estimation

Rachel A. Johnston, Nicholas J. Wooder, Frederick C. Reavell, Mark Bernhardt, and Christopher Dainty  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 18, pp. 3451-3459 (2003)

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The strength of optical turbulence, C n 2(z), 2–3 m above ground level, was measured as a function of distance along a 1.23-km path by the simultaneous capture of the scintillation from two infrared laser sources. The data collected differs in a number of important aspects from the normal vertical scintillation detection and ranging (SCIDAR) data in astronomy. The SCIDAR inversion method for the horizontal path problem is outlined and demonstrated on experimental data collected from three field trials.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(100.3190) Image processing : Inverse problems
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors

Original Manuscript: January 28, 2003
Revised Manuscript: January 28, 2003
Published: June 20, 2003

Rachel A. Johnston, Nicholas J. Wooder, Frederick C. Reavell, Mark Bernhardt, and Christopher Dainty, "Horizontal scintillation detection and ranging Cn2(z) estimation," Appl. Opt. 42, 3451-3459 (2003)

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