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Propagation studies in a disturbed ionospheric environment
Author(s): Joseph D. Huba; Thomas Goldring
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Paper Abstract

An investigation is conducted of the effect of the disturbed nuclear environment on the propagation of 1-micron laser beams, proceeding from a physical model for a high altitude nuclear explosion environment, anticipated to be pertinent to SDI battle scenarios, whose primary components are the striation density and length scales, in conjunction with the turbulent density fluctuations associated with the striations. Attention is given to the propagation model used to ascertain the effect of this environment on laser beam propagation. The results obtained indicate that the laser beam can be degraded by filamentation, broadening, and steering in a nuclear environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1990
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1221, Propagation of High-Energy Laser Beams Through the Earth's Atmosphere, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18343
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph D. Huba, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Thomas Goldring, W. J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1221:
Propagation of High-Energy Laser Beams Through the Earth's Atmosphere
Peter B. Ulrich; LeRoy E. Wilson, Editor(s)

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