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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2008
  • pp: 379–393

Retrieving parameters of the anisotropic refractive index fluctuations spectrum in the stratosphere from balloon-borne observations of stellar scintillation

Clélia Robert, Jean-Marc Conan, Vincent Michau, Jean-Baptiste Renard, Claude Robert, and Francis Dalaudier  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 379-393 (2008)

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Scintillation effects are not negligible in the stratosphere. We present a model based on a 3D model of anisotropic and isotropic refractive index fluctuations spectra that predicts scintillation rates within the so-called small perturbation approximation. Atmospheric observations of stellar scintillation made from the AMON-RA (AMON, Absorption par les Minoritaires Ozone et N O x ; RA, rapid) balloon-borne spectrometer allows us to remotely probe wave-turbulence characteristics in the stratosphere. Data reduction from these observations brings out values of the inner scale of the anisotropic spectrum. We find metric values of the inner scale that are compatible with space-based measurements. We find a major contribution of the anisotropic spectrum relative to the isotropic contribution. When the sight line plunges into the atmosphere, strong scintillation occurs as well as coupled chromatic refraction effects.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: July 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 9, 2007
Published: January 18, 2008

Clélia Robert, Jean-Marc Conan, Vincent Michau, Jean-Baptiste Renard, Claude Robert, and Francis Dalaudier, "Retrieving parameters of the anisotropic refractive index fluctuations spectrum in the stratosphere from balloon-borne observations of stellar scintillation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 379-393 (2008)

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