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Development and verification of experimental databases for pancake structures in atmospheric flows
Author(s): Alex Mahalov; Basil Nicolaenko; H. J. S. Fernando
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Paper Abstract

The performance of Airborne Lasers is sensitive to the 3D, nonstationary, intermittent, anisotropic structure of atmospheric turbulence. The upper (stratospheric) layers are dominated by the background stable stratification, as a result of which the turbulence tend to be characterized by thin layers of high refractive index variations known as `pancakes'. In this paper we survey theoretical results and experimental measurements of turbulence spectra and correlations for pancakes in rotating stratified environments. Anisotropic turbulence models developed are benchmarked against both laboratory experimental data bases as well as field data to be gathered in the balloon and the EGRETT campaign of measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3381, Airborne Laser Advanced Technology, (8 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323945
Show Author Affiliations
Alex Mahalov, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Basil Nicolaenko, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
H. J. S. Fernando, Arizona State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3381:
Airborne Laser Advanced Technology
Todd D. Steiner; Paul H. Merritt, Editor(s)

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