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Atmospheric transmission analysis for airborne laser applications
Author(s): Larrene K. Harada; Daniel H. Leslie; Marcos E. Salazar
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Paper Abstract

Basing laser devices on aircraft leads to new problems in atmospheric transmission due to the long, nearly-horizontal propagation paths in the upper troposphere and stratosphere. This paper analyzed the molecular and aerosol extinction impact on near-IR aircraft-based laser performance. Calculations using standards atmospheric models are reviewed. Recent volcanic activity has required examination of the impact of stratospheric aerosols for propagation paths of interest. Calculations as a function of geometry are presented which use satellite limb viewing data to asses the impact of cirrus clouds and volcanic aerosols.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 1994
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 2120, Laser Beam Propagation and Control, (8 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177699
Show Author Affiliations
Larrene K. Harada, W. J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Daniel H. Leslie, W. J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Marcos E. Salazar, W. J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2120:
Laser Beam Propagation and Control
Hugo Weichel; Lewis F. DeSandre, Editor(s)

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