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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 2006
  • pp: 9140–9150

Ultraviolet light propagation under low visibility atmospheric conditions and its application to aircraft landing aid

Claire Lavigne, Gérard Durand, and Antoine Roblin  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 36, pp. 9140-9150 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.009140


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Abstract

Light scattering in the atmosphere by particles and molecules gives rise to an aureole surrounding the source image that tends to reduce the contrast of the source with respect to the background. However, UV scattering phase functions of the haze droplets present a very important forward peak. The spreading of a detected signal in the UV is not as important as in the case of a clear atmosphere where Rayleigh scattering predominates. This physical property has to be taken into account to evaluate the potential of UV radiation as an aircraft landing aid under low visibility conditions. Different results characterizing UV runway lights, simulations of UV radiation propagation in the atmosphere, and the use of a simple detection algorithm applied to one particular sensor are presented.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(040.1520) Detectors : CCD, charge-coupled device
(260.7190) Physical optics : Ultraviolet
(290.1090) Scattering : Aerosol and cloud effects
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering

History
Original Manuscript: May 4, 2006
Revised Manuscript: August 3, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2006

Citation
Claire Lavigne, Gérard Durand, and Antoine Roblin, "Ultraviolet light propagation under low visibility atmospheric conditions and its application to aircraft landing aid," Appl. Opt. 45, 9140-9150 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-36-9140


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