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Simulation of laser beam propagation over land and sea using phase screens: a comparison with experimental data
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Paper Abstract

Understanding and predicting laser beam propagation effects in the atmosphere is of importance for laser countermeasures and related applications. Turbulence effects cause beam wander, beam broadening and intensity scintillations reducing e.g. the power in bucket and the tracking accuracy. Modelling laser beam propagation in turbulence using successive phase screens provides an efficient tool for performance predictions. In this work phase screens are used to model laser beam propagation over land and sea. Different phase screens generators utilising the Kolmogorov or von Karman spectra were considered. Critical parameters using phase screens include the number of screen applied along the propagation path, inner- and outer scale size, variations in the structure parameter and spatial frequencies. Effects such as beam wander, angle-of-arrival fluctuations and intensity scintillations are discussed. The simulated results are compared with experimental data recorded at different ranges, various turbulence strengths and for single- and double paths. A generic example describing laser countermeasure against an infrared homing missile in a naval scenario is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5989, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures II; Femtosecond Phenomena II; and Passive Millimetre-Wave and Terahertz Imaging II, 59890D (4 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.630655
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Lars Sjöqvist, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Markus Henriksson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Ove Steinvall, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5989:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures II; Femtosecond Phenomena II; and Passive Millimetre-Wave and Terahertz Imaging II
Sean M. Kirkpatrick; Razvan Stoian; David H. Titterton; Roger Appleby; J. Martyn Chamberlain; Keith A. Krapels, Editor(s)

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