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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 5, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1966
  • pp: 981–983

Interferometry through the Turbulent Atmosphere at an Optical Path Difference of 354 m

R. Bruce Herrick and Jurgen R. Meyer-Arendt  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 5, Issue 6, pp. 981-983 (1966)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.5.000981


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Abstract

A modified Michelson interferometer with a stable He–Ne laser source has been used to study fluctuations in the mean refractive index over a long path through the turbulent atmosphere. Distinct interference fringes were obtained at mirror separations up to 177 m, corresponding to an optical path difference of 354 m. The spatial stability of the interference fringes was found to decrease with increasing optical path length, indicating an increasing contribution from the atmosphere. Details of the interferometer and the experimental procedure are given as well as a discussion of the fluctuations in the mean refractive index.

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History
Original Manuscript: October 14, 1965
Published: June 1, 1966

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R. Bruce Herrick and Jurgen R. Meyer-Arendt, "Interferometry through the Turbulent Atmosphere at an Optical Path Difference of 354 m," Appl. Opt. 5, 981-983 (1966)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-5-6-981

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