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Analysis of atmospheric effects on stellar scintillation
Author(s): Robert R. Beland; John R. Roadcap
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric effects on normalized stellar irradiance fluctuations for the weak fluctuation regime are examined. Both monochromatic and polychromatic effects are considered. Calculations are performed using a Rytov theory which explicitly includes refractive effects arising from the polychromatic stellar source. The atmospheric turbulence along the path is specified in a spherical shell or `onion- skin' model using a vertical profile specified by either the Clear 1 model or actual thermosonde measurements. Finite optical bandwidth, receiver aperture size, and variable turbulent inner scale are also included. Good agreement is found between ground-based measurements and model results in the weak scintillation regime. It is also shown that refraction effects can significantly alter the wavelength dependence of scintillation as well as produce a leveling off and decrease of scintillation with increasing zenith angle that could be misinterpreted as saturation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4034, Laser Weapons Technology, (21 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391876
Show Author Affiliations
Robert R. Beland, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
John R. Roadcap, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4034:
Laser Weapons Technology
Todd D. Steiner; Paul H. Merritt, Editor(s)

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