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The Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory, AAOL
Author(s): Eric J. Jumper; Mike Zenk; Stanislav Gordeyev; David Cavalieri; Matthew R. Whiteley
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Paper Abstract

This paper gives a background into aero-optics which is the effect that turbulent flow over and around an aircraft has on a laser projected or received by an optical system. The background also discusses the magnitude of the detrimental effects that aero-optics has on optical system performance and the need to measure these effects in flight. The Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory, AAOL, fulfills this need by providing an airborne laboratory that can capture wavefronts imposed on a laser beam from a morphable optical turret; the aircraft has a Mach number range up to low transonic speeds. This paper presents the AAOL concept as well as a description of its optical components and sensing capabilities and uses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2012
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8395, Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXVI, 839507 (15 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.922734
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Eric J. Jumper, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Mike Zenk, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Stanislav Gordeyev, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
David Cavalieri, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
Matthew R. Whiteley, MZA Associates Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8395:
Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing, and Laser Systems Technologies XXVI
William E. Thompson; Paul F. McManamon, Editor(s)

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