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Field measurement and comparison of optical turbulence
Author(s): Robert W. Smith; Ted Corbin
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Paper Abstract

In the past year, one measurement has been of great interest to those that we support and that is the measurement of optical turbulence or more specifically the refractive index structure coefficient. It is well understood that this parameters is affected by such factors as cloud cover, humidity, wind, solar loading and surface conditions. We present here field measurements from several locations where all of the environmental factors effecting turbulence have been measured along with the turbulence itself. This field data was compared with the US Army Atmospheric Sciences (ASL) Laboratory model called IMTURB. The results of this comparison are presented with comments on areas of improvement both in accuracy and in ease of use.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1687, Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Sources and Backgrounds II, (21 September 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137840
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Robert W. Smith, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (United States)
Ted Corbin, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1687:
Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Sources and Backgrounds II
Dieter Clement; Wendell R. Watkins, Editor(s)

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