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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 19 — Sep. 15, 2008
  • pp: 14645–14654

Optical turbulence parameters characterized via optical measurements over a 2.33 km free-space laser path

Arnold Tunick  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 19, pp. 14645-14654 (2008)

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Optical turbulence research contributes to improved laser communications, adaptive optics, and long-range imaging systems. This paper presents experimental measurements of scintillation and focal spot displacement to obtain optical turbulence information along a near-horizontal 2.33 km free-space laser propagation path. Calculated values for the refractive index structure constant (C2 n ) and Fried parameter (r0) are compared to scintillometer-based measurements for several cases in winter and spring. Optical measurements were investigated using two different laser sources for the first and second parts of the experiment. Scintillation index estimates from recorded signal intensities were corrected to account for aperture averaging. As a result, we found that an earlier calculation algorithm based on analysis of log-amplitude intensity variance was the best estimator of optical turbulence parameters over the propagation path considered.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and oceanic optics

Original Manuscript: June 20, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 5, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 27, 2008
Published: September 3, 2008

Arnold Tunick, "Optical turbulence parameters characterized via optical measurements over a 2.33 km free-space laser path," Opt. Express 16, 14645-14654 (2008)

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