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Laser transmission through simulated cirrus clouds
Author(s): Ila L. Kolb; William Y.Y. Cheng; William Cotton
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Paper Abstract

Cirrus clouds regularly cover approximately 20% of the globe 1 . Understanding laser and other electo-optical transmission in the presence of cirrus clouds is an important consideration for astronomical observations, various lidar systems, and new laser systems like the USAF Airborne Laser. Simulated cirrus cloud data generated by the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) is used as input to a laser propagation code developed at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). This code computes realistic laser transmission values through a 1-D cirrus cloud layer. Results are examined for a real data simulation of a thin cirrus case in the FIRE (First ISCCP (International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project) Regional Experiment) Cirrus II field campaign during November 1991.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 September 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4376, Laser Weapons Technology II, (4 September 2001);
Show Author Affiliations
Ila L. Kolb, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
William Y.Y. Cheng, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
William Cotton, Colorado State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4376:
Laser Weapons Technology II
William E. Thompson; Paul H. Merritt, Editor(s)

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