Clear air turbulence (CAT) ahead of an aircraft can be detected in real time by an infrared radiometer. The alert time and reliability depend on the passband of the infrared filter used and the altitude of the aircraft. Preliminary results and analyses show that a nominal passband of 26 to 35 μm appears optimal to alert CAT from 1.5 to 6.0 min ahead of the encounter. The alert time increases with higher altitude as the atmospheric absorption, determining the horizontal weighting, is reduced.
© 1978 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 18, 1978
Published: October 1, 1978
P. M. Kuhn, J. V. Radostitz, I. G. Nolt, and L. P. Stearns, "Infrared passbands for clear-air-turbulence detection," Opt. Lett. 3, 130-132 (1978)