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Investigation of scintillometer designs for dynamic path measurement
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Paper Abstract

The characterization of atmospheric effects on a propagated laser beam is important to applications ranging from free-space optical communications to high-energy laser systems for ship defense. These applications are frequently developed for a dynamic propagation environment in which either one or both ends of the optical link are moving. The instruments are often constrained by size, weight, and power limitations due to the platforms on which they will be installed. The dynamic nature of the optical link induces several difficulties in link-path instrumentation: turbulence statistics on a continuously changing path are hard to interpret, and the optical instruments must be designed to maintain a high-quality link between beacon and receiver. We will review some of the scintillometer designs and we examine the associated data produced by these different instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9224, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans III, 92240S (7 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2064395
Show Author Affiliations
Steve Hammel, SPAWAR Systems Ctr. (United States)
David Wayne, SPAWAR Systems Ctr. (United States)
Colin Reinhardt, SPAWAR Systems Ctr. (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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