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Beam wander experiments: terrestrial path
Author(s): R. L. Phillips; L. C. Andrews; J. Stryjewski; B. Griffis; M. Borbath; D. Galus; G. Burdge; K. Green; C. Kim; D. Stack; C. Harkrider; D. Wayne; D. Hand; J. Kiriazes
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Paper Abstract

We report on a set of measurements made in December 2005 by researchers from the University of Central Florida, SPAWAR's Innovative Science and Technology Experiment Facility (ISTEF), Harris Corporation, NASA Kennedy Space Center, and Northrop Grumman. The experiments were conducted on the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) over terrestrial paths of 1, 2, and 5 km. The purpose of the experiments was to determine the atmospheric-induced beam spreading and beam wander at various ranges. Two lasers were used in the experiments. Both were a pulsed 1.06 μm laser; however, one was single-mode and the other was multi-mode. Beam profiles were recorded near the target position. Simultaneous measurements of Cn2, wind speed and direction, humidity, visibility, temperature, and surface temperature profiles were all recorded.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6303, Atmospheric Optical Modeling, Measurement, and Simulation II, 630306 (1 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.680501
Show Author Affiliations
R. L. Phillips, Florida Space Institute (United States)
L. C. Andrews, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
J. Stryjewski, Computer Sciences Corp. (United States)
B. Griffis, Computer Sciences Corp. (United States)
M. Borbath, Harris Corp. (United States)
D. Galus, Harris Corp. (United States)
G. Burdge, Harris Corp. (United States)
K. Green, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
C. Kim, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
D. Stack, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
C. Harkrider, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
D. Wayne, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
D. Hand, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
J. Kiriazes, NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6303:
Atmospheric Optical Modeling, Measurement, and Simulation II
Stephen M. Hammel; Anton Kohnle, Editor(s)

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