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Analysis of data from the Atmospheric Visibility Monitoring (AVM) program
Author(s): Muthu Jeganathan; Neema Jalali
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Paper Abstract

The Atmospheric Visibility Monitoring (AVM) program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been in place for the last few years 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 U.S., that observe selected stars throughout the year. Data from these three sites are collected and processed on a regular basis to obtain cumulative distribution functions of atmospheric attenuation for different spectral windows of interest. In This paper, we describe recent work on creation of a database using Microsoft Access to analyze atmospheric transmission data collected by the AVM project. The database, which replaces time-consuming Matlab programs, offers a rapid and extremely easy way to extract and analyze AVM data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3266, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies X, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308708
Show Author Affiliations
Muthu Jeganathan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Neema Jalali, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3266:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies X
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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