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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2000
  • pp: 1650–1658

Method for a quantitative investigation of the frozen flow hypothesis

Matthias Schöck and Earl J. Spillar  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 17, Issue 9, pp. 1650-1658 (2000)

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We present a technique to test the frozen flow hypothesis quantitatively, using data from wave-front sensors such as those found in adaptive optics systems. Detailed treatments of the theoretical background of the method and of the error analysis are presented. Analyzing data from the 1.5-m and 3.5-m telescopes at the Starfire Optical Range, we find that the frozen flow hypothesis is an accurate description of the temporal development of atmospheric turbulence on time scales of the order of 1–10 ms but that significant deviations from the frozen flow behavior are present for longer time scales.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(280.7250) Remote sensing and sensors : Velocimetry

Original Manuscript: August 19, 1999
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: March 1, 2000
Published: September 1, 2000

Matthias Schöck and Earl J. Spillar, "Method for a quantitative investigation of the frozen flow hypothesis," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 1650-1658 (2000)

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