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Atmospheric characterization issues for high-energy laser propagation through the atmosphere
Author(s): Steven D. Westerman; Naresh C. Mehta
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Paper Abstract

Sensitivity analyses for high-energy laser atmospheric propagation have been performed on the basis of a four-dimensional wave optics propagation code which defines the requirements for atmospheric dynamics measurements. Initial estimates are presented for range, spatial and temporal resolutions, and accuracy. It is noted that these analyses have considered parameter fluctuations as uniform throughout the atmosphere; the determination of frequency requirements in different regimes of the atmosphere entails a more sophisticated analysis encompassing height-dependent fluctuations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1221, Propagation of High-Energy Laser Beams Through the Earth's Atmosphere, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18349
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Steven D. Westerman, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
Naresh C. Mehta, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1221:
Propagation of High-Energy Laser Beams Through the Earth's Atmosphere
Peter B. Ulrich; LeRoy E. Wilson, Editor(s)

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