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Laboratory simulation of atmospheric turbulence for laser propagation: design and characterization
Author(s): Arun K. Majumdar; John A. DiUbaldo; Alenka Brown-VanHoozer
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Paper Abstract

A turbulence chamber has been designed and built for performing optical propagation experiments. The chamber can produce turbulence 1000 times stronger than that of atmospheric turbulence, and is isotropic and homogeneous. Scintillation measurements for optical propagation inside the chamber are presented and compared with real atmospheric tests. The chamber can be used to perform optical propagation experiments under well-controlled and reproducible conditions. The chamber can be used to develop experiments to test optical communications, lidar, directed energy weapons, electro-optical designers, imaging systems, and air-borne laser systems which have to operate under atmospheric turbulence conditions. The chamber can provide tests results which are much less costly compared to outdoor and field tests.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3432, Artificial Turbulence for Imaging and Wave Propagation, (20 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.327987
Show Author Affiliations
Arun K. Majumdar, Laser-Electro-Optics Concepts Research (United States)
John A. DiUbaldo, Raytheon Systems Co. (United States)
Alenka Brown-VanHoozer, Argonne National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3432:
Artificial Turbulence for Imaging and Wave Propagation
John D. Gonglewski; Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Editor(s)

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