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Initial steps toward a new method of atmospheric characterization over long baseline arrays
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Paper Abstract

Initial data for the current and ongoing experiment to measure and possibly predict the horizontal turbulent strength, C2N , of the atmosphere above the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI) is presented. C2N is a representation of the atmosphere’s ability to transport scalars and is measured using a set of Kipp and Zonen Large Aperature Scintillometers (LAS). LAS Calibration data as well as initial test data are presented and analyzed. Correlation techniques are used to determine the optimal method of C2N calculation from the first generation LAS. A 19-day test over the array site was conducted and analyzed using both Fourier and wavelet analysis and filtration. Frequency analysis showed few periodic features due to the quasi-periodic nature of the signal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2018
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 10701, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI, 107010I (9 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313853
Show Author Affiliations
J. F. Dooley, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
M. J. Creech-Eakman, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10701:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI
Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Peter G. Tuthill; Antoine Mérand, Editor(s)

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