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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2011
  • pp: 842–851

Optical fiber-based laser remote sensor for airborne measurement of wind velocity and turbulence

Scott M. Spuler, Dirk Richter, Michael P. Spowart, and Kathrin Rieken  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 6, pp. 842-851 (2011)

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We discuss an optical fiber-based continuous-wave coherent laser system for measuring the wind speed in undisturbed air ahead of an aircraft. The operational principles of the instrument are described, and estimates of performance are presented. The instrument is demonstrated as a single line of sight, and data from the inaugural test flight of August 2010 is presented. The system was successfully operated under various atmospheric conditions, including cloud and clear air up to 12 km ( 40 , 300 ft ).

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OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(010.3920) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Meteorology
(010.7060) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Turbulence
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3340) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser Doppler velocimetry
(280.7250) Remote sensing and sensors : Velocimetry

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: October 7, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 24, 2010
Published: February 15, 2011

Scott M. Spuler, Dirk Richter, Michael P. Spowart, and Kathrin Rieken, "Optical fiber-based laser remote sensor for airborne measurement of wind velocity and turbulence," Appl. Opt. 50, 842-851 (2011)

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