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Optical Engineering

Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory
Author(s): Eric J. Jumper; Michael A. Zenk; Stanislav V. Gordeyev; David A. Cavalieri; Matthew Whitely
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Paper Abstract

We provide a background into aero-optics, which is the effect that turbulent flow over and around an aircraft has on a laser projected or received by an optical system. We also discuss the magnitude of detrimental effects which aero-optics has on optical system performance, and the need to measure these effects in flight. The Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory (AAOL), fulfills this need by providing an airborne laboratory that can capture wavefronts imposed on a laser beam from a morphable optical turret; the aircraft has a Mach number range up to low transonic speeds. We present the AAOL concept as well as a description of its optical components and sensing capabilities and uses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(7) 071408 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.7.071408
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Eric J. Jumper, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Michael A. Zenk, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Stanislav V. Gordeyev, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
David A. Cavalieri, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Matthew Whitely, MZA Associates Corp. (United States)

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