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Measurements of scintillation over a 17.55-km horizontal path
Author(s): Mark Bernhardt; John W. Buckle; Christopher Dainty; Fred C. Reavell; Victor Ruiz-Cortes; Meryl Welch; Nicholas J. Wooder
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Paper Abstract

An extensive set of measurements of scintillation over a 17.55 km path have been made using point sources at wavelengths of 633 nm and 10.6 micrometers , and using an extended thermal source at 3 - 5 micrometers and 8 - 12 micrometers . The basic data consists of normalized variances, probability histograms and normalized autocorrelation functions of intensity. The main aim was to product a set of data that might be used as inputs to models for scintillation. The measurements, as expected, showed a very large range of observed fluctuations, with a highest recorded normalized variance at 633 nm of approximately equals 34 and an average value of 4.8 (averaged over 130 data sets), with a standard deviation of 4.1. The probability histograms have been fitted using log- normal, exponential, log-normally modulated exponential and K distributions. As a general rule, the log-normal model gives a good fit in a large number of cases. Power spectra and correlations functions were measured and show the expected trends with wavelength, with average correlation times (defined in the text) in the range 10 msec (visible) to 68 msec (CO2).

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 December 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3866, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems III, (10 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.371316
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Mark Bernhardt, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Farnborough (United Kingdom)
John W. Buckle, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Farnborough (United Kingdom)
Christopher Dainty, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
Fred C. Reavell, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)
Victor Ruiz-Cortes, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (Mexico)
Meryl Welch, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Farnborough (United Kingdom)
Nicholas J. Wooder, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3866:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems III
Anton Kohnle; John D. Gonglewski, Editor(s)

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