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Design considerations for a residual turbulent scintillation (RTS) lidar
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Paper Abstract

The theory of a new lidar technique which exploits the residual turbulent scintillation (RTS) effect in order to remotely sense the structure parameter Cn2 has recently been reported. In this paper, we describe the design considerations for a demonstration experiment. The primary objective of the demonstration is to collect and analyze a set of data which will demonstrate the RTS effect in the real atmosphere and relate it to Cn2. The second objective is to obtain detailed performance parameters which will permit us to design future RTS systems for routine Cn2 profiling. The demonstration will require a transmitter based on a pulsed visible-light laser with a clean beam profile, and a receiver based on a gated imaging system with a digital readout. The receiver aperture must be large in order to collect as much light as possible. Specific design considerations are developed here for a demonstration based on an existing laser used in conjunction with the 1.5-meter telescope at the Starfire Optical Range in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and its associated optics and data recording equipment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 1994
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2222, Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing III, (29 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.178035
Show Author Affiliations
Mikhail S. Belen'kii, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Gary G. Gimmestad, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2222:
Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing III
Walter A. Flood; Walter B. Miller, Editor(s)

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