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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 20 — Oct. 2, 2006
  • pp: 8929–8946

Statistical analysis of cloud-cover mitigation of optical turbulence in the boundary layer

Michael J. Curley, Burl H. Peterson, J. C. Wang, Sergey S. Sarkisov, Sergey S. Sarkisov II, George R. Edlin, Ronald A. Snow, and John F. Rushing  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 20, pp. 8929-8946 (2006)

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One atmospheric phenomenon that adversely affects laser propagation is optical turbulence. From ten months of observation, the refractive index structure constant in the atmospheric boundary layer was found to be significantly reduced under widespread cloudy conditions. The refractive index structure constant (Cn2 ) depends upon the turbulent flux of momentum, sensible and latent heat. The intensity of a propagating laser beam will not be degraded nearly as much as would be expected under clear or lightly scattered cloud conditions. New experimental data are presented that support this hypothesis. The refractive index structure constant was measured for various cloud-cover conditions.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: July 11, 2006
Revised Manuscript: August 14, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 28, 2006
Published: October 2, 2006

Michael J. Curley, Burl H. Peterson, J. C. Wang, Sergey S. Sarkisov, Sergey S. Sarkisov II, George R. Edlin, Ronald A. Snow, and John F. Rushing, "Statistical analysis of cloud-cover mitigation of optical turbulence in the boundary layer," Opt. Express 14, 8929-8946 (2006)

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