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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2006
  • pp: 3534–3543

Characterizing the propagation path in moderate to strong optical turbulence

Frida Strömqvist Vetelino, Bradley Clare, Kerry Corbett, Cynthia Young, Kenneth Grant, and Larry Andrews  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 15, pp. 3534-3543 (2006)

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In February 2005 a joint atmospheric propagation experiment was conducted between the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the University of Central Florida. A Gaussian beam was propagated along a horizontal 1500   m path near the ground. Scintillation was measured simultaneously at three receivers of diameters 1, 5, and 13   mm . Scintillation theory combined with a numerical scheme was used to infer the structure constant C n 2 , the inner scale l 0 , and the outer scale L 0 from the optical measurements. At the same time, C n 2 measurements were taken by a commercial scintillometer, set up parallel to the optical path. The C n 2 values from the inferred scheme and the commercial scintillometer predict the same behavior, but the inferred scheme consistently gives slightly smaller C n 2 values.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(290.5930) Scattering : Scintillation

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and ocean optics

Original Manuscript: June 13, 2005
Revised Manuscript: October 11, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: November 3, 2005

Frida Strömqvist Vetelino, Bradley Clare, Kerry Corbett, Cynthia Young, Kenneth Grant, and Larry Andrews, "Characterizing the propagation path in moderate to strong optical turbulence," Appl. Opt. 45, 3534-3543 (2006)

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