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Current status and challenges in optical turbulence simulations in various layers of the Earth's atmosphere
Author(s): Ping He; Christopher G. Nunalee; Sukanta Basu; Mikhail A. Vorontsov; Steven T. Fiorino
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Paper Abstract

In this study, we present a brief review on the existing approaches for optical turbulence estimation in various layers of the Earth’s atmosphere. The advantages and disadvantages of these approaches are also discussed. An alternative approach, based on mesoscale modeling with parameterized turbulence, is proposed and tested for the simulation of refractive index structure parameter (C2n ) in the atmospheric boundary layer. The impacts of a few atmospheric flow phenomena (e.g., low-level jets, island wake vortices, gravity waves) on optical turbulence are discussed. Consideration of diverse geographic settings (e.g., flat terrain, coastal region, ocean islands) makes this study distinct.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9224, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans III, 92240F (7 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2063023
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Ping He, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Christopher G. Nunalee, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Sukanta Basu, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Steven T. Fiorino, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9224:
Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans III
Alexander M. J. van Eijk; Christopher C. Davis; Stephen M. Hammel, Editor(s)

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