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Atmospheric turbulence at different elevations: consequences on laser beam wander and widening at target
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Paper Abstract

The estimation of the performance of atmospheric electro-optical systems depends on the accuracy of the atmospheric models being used in the propagation prediction codes. On the basis of a large set of imaging LIDAR measurements a Middle East model of refractive turbulence strength (Cn2) vertical profile has been developed. The model is presented in this work, and laser beam wander and widening at different elevation heights in target plane is estimated. Implications can be important for optical communication, laser weaponry, imaging through the atmosphere, and adaptive optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5612, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications, (6 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.577589
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Arkadi Zilberman, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)
Norman S. Kopeika, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5612:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications
Ronald G. Driggers; David A. Huckridge, Editor(s)

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