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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Laser beam wander in the atmosphere: implications for optical turbulence vertical profile sensing with imaging LIDAR
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Paper Abstract

A summary of different approaches for laser beam wander statistics estimation is presented. The principles of an imaging LIDAR technique for remote measurements of refractive turbulence vertical profile based on image motion analysis of a secondary source created by a laser beam at a given altitude are described. The turbulence-induced beam displacement statistics and angle-of-arrival variance of backscattered wave-front are analyzed for different sensing configurations. This study has implications for airborne reconnaissance image restoration, optical satellite communication, adaptive optics, and atmospheric effects on laser weaponry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2008
PDF: 25 pages
J. Appl. Rem. Sens. 2(1) 023540 doi: 10.1117/1.3008058
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 2, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Arkadi Zilberman, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Norman S. Kopeika, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)

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