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Overview of the atmospheric visibility monitoring (AVM) program
Author(s): Muthu Jeganathan; David M. Erickson
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Paper Abstract

The objective of the Atmospheric VIsibility Monitoring (AVM) program at the JPL is to obtain atmospheric transmission statistics data to support free-space optical communications experiments and missions. Atmospheric transmission data is collected through a set of three autonomous systems, all located in the south-western US, that observe the stars throughout the year. Data from the three sites are collected and processed on a regular basis to obtain cumulative distribution functions of atmospheric attenuation at different spectral regions. These data will be used to determine site diversity information. In addition, work is underway to build a database of atmospheric transmission data collected by the AVM program and to upgrade the AVM systems to obtain improved data at the important 1.06 micrometers wavelength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2990, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX, (24 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273686
Show Author Affiliations
Muthu Jeganathan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David M. Erickson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2990:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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