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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2009
  • pp: 2388–2400

Analysis of long-term measurements of laser propagation over the Chesapeake Bay

Rita Mahon, Christopher I. Moore, Harris R. Burris, William S. Rabinovich, Mena Stell, Michele R. Suite, and Linda M. Thomas  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 12, pp. 2388-2400 (2009)

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Parameters characterizing the atmospheric turbulence in a 16 km maritime optical link were measured for the months of January through June of 2007 on a continuous basis, as conditions allowed. Both the scintillation index σ I 2 and the atmospheric structure constant C n 2 are found to have a strong dependence on the air-minus-water temperature difference. There is no obvious diurnal variation of C n 2 or of σ I 2 akin to the reduction in turbulence level seen in terrestrial links in the hour before sunrise and the hour after sunset. Results from the analysis of these data highlight a need for new approaches to modeling beam propagation in a maritime environment.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(290.5930) Scattering : Scintillation

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: January 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2009
Published: April 16, 2009

Rita Mahon, Christopher I. Moore, Harris R. Burris, William S. Rabinovich, Mena Stell, Michele R. Suite, and Linda M. Thomas, "Analysis of long-term measurements of laser propagation over the Chesapeake Bay," Appl. Opt. 48, 2388-2400 (2009)

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