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Qualitative comparison of concurrent vertical optical turbulence profiles from an aircraft and balloons over White Sands Missile Range
Author(s): Scott R. Nowlin; Ila L. Hahn; Ronald J. Hugo; Kenneth P. Bishop
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Paper Abstract

We report simultaneous balloon-borne thermosonde/airborne constant-current anemometer measurements made over a portion of White Sands Missile Range, NM. For the first time, vertical profiles of the refractive index structure parameter (Cn2) data generated from shallow slant aircraft flight paths are compared to the balloons vertical Cn2 distributions. We discuss possible adverse effects of meteorology and atmospheric velocity fluctuations. We present conclusions and make recommendations for future similar experimental efforts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 August 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3706, Airborne Laser Advanced Technology II, (3 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.356948
Show Author Affiliations
Scott R. Nowlin, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Ila L. Hahn, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Ronald J. Hugo, Air Force Research Lab. (Canada)
Kenneth P. Bishop, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3706:
Airborne Laser Advanced Technology II
Todd D. Steiner; Paul H. Merritt, Editor(s)

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