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  • Vol. 67, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1977
  • pp: 1680–1685

Measurement of the atmospheric correlation scale

M. G. Miller and P. L. Zieske  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 67, Issue 12, pp. 1680-1685 (1977)

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A variable-frequency, spinning reticle photometer has been used to measure the spatial-frequency modulation of stellar images in the Cassegrain focal plane of a 1.22 m telescope at the AMOS observatory atop Haleakala on the island Maui, Hawaii. This data, processed in real time, provides information on the statistical properties of the image size which, in turn, yields an estimate of the atmospheric correlation scale ro. Data was collected on 24 nights over a period of eight months. Values of ro ranged from 5.3 to 17.8 cm with a mean value of 9.6 cm at 5000 Å. A variety of temporal behavior was also observed.

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M. G. Miller and P. L. Zieske, "Measurement of the atmospheric correlation scale," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, 1680-1685 (1977)

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  10. The data taken during the period 11 November 1975 to 8 December 1975 have been reported previously (Ref. 6). They are included here in order to provide a better estimate of the long-term statistics.
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