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Wave-optic model to determine image quality through supersonic boundary and mixing layers
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Paper Abstract

Technological advancements in the field of mixing layer theory have allowed the design and subsequent construction of a Table Top Simulator of Aero-Optic Effects. This experimental facility simulates the supersonic boundary and mixing layers formed by the window coolant gas of an optically guided hypersonic vehicle. This paper discusses the foundations of wave-optic theory applied to model the propagation of optical radiation through such flow. The focus of the calculations is to determine performance quality parameters such as Strehl ratio, jitter, 50 percent contained energy diameter and boresight error. These quality measures will drive the performance requirements of the optical system and focal plane array of the seeker. Comparisons are made between wave-optic model results and actual aero-optic data collected from the Table Top experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1488, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing II, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45808
Show Author Affiliations
Shelah M. Lawson, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
Rodney L. Clark, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
Michele Ruggiero Banish, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
Randy F. Crouse, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1488:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing II
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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