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Testing of LIDAR system for turbulence profiles
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Paper Abstract

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed a new type of LIDAR system for monitoring profiles of atmospheric refractive turbulence. The system makes real-time measurements by projecting a laser beam to form a laser beacon at several successive altitudes. The beacon is observed with a multiple-aperture telescope and the motion of the beacon images from each altitude is characterized as the differential image motion variance. An inversion algorithm has been developed to retrieve the turbulence profile. GTRI built a brassboard version of the LIDAR instrument and tested it in October and December 2007, with truth data from scintillometers and from balloon-borne microthermal probes. The tests resulted in the first time-height diagram of the strength of turbulence ever recorded by a LIDAR.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6951, Atmospheric Propagation V, 695109 (18 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.792204
Show Author Affiliations
Gary G. Gimmestad, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
David W. Roberts, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
John M. Stewart, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Jack W. Wood, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Frank D. Eaton, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6951:
Atmospheric Propagation V
G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Linda M. Wasiczko, Editor(s)

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