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Post-image acquisition processing approaches for coherent backscatter validation
Author(s): Christopher A. Smith; Sara B. Belichki; Joseph T. Coffaro; Michael G. Panich; Larry C. Andrews; Ronald L. Phillips
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Paper Abstract

Utilizing a retro-reflector from a target point, the reflected irradiance of a laser beam traveling back toward the transmitting point contains a peak point of intensity known as the enhanced backscatter (EBS) phenomenon. EBS is dependent on the strength regime of turbulence currently occurring within the atmosphere as the beam propagates across and back. In order to capture and analyze this phenomenon so that it may be compared to theory, an imaging system is integrated into the optical set up. With proper imaging established, we are able to implement various post-image acquisition techniques to help determine detection and positioning of EBS which can then be validated with theory by inspection of certain dependent meteorological parameters such as the refractive index structure parameter, Cn2 and wind speed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9224, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans III, 92241Q (7 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2087113
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Christopher A. Smith, Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Sara B. Belichki, Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Joseph T. Coffaro, Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Michael G. Panich, Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Larry C. Andrews, Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Ronald L. Phillips, Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (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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