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Laser beam propagation in close vicinity to a down-scaled jet engine exhaust
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Paper Abstract

Laser beam propagation in severe environment such as a jet engine exhaust may influence performance of e.g. laser countermeasure and active imaging systems located on airborne platforms. Beam propagation in close vicinity to the engine plume causes performance degradation due to beam wander and beam broadening effects. In this study beam propagation effects were studied experimentally using a downscaled jet engine. Beam wander and broadening effects were studied directing a 1.55 μm laser beam parallel to the jet exhaust. The beam centroid motion increased significantly during onset of the engine. Perturbation effects were registered imaging a blackbody source using a fast infrared camera. The geometrical set-up and thrusts were altered during the experimental registrations to examine various flow conditions. A comparison of experimental results with simplified theoretical models describing propagation close to jet engine plumes will be presented. Limitations in existing models will be discussed and methods for refinements proposed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5615, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures, (29 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.578291
Show Author Affiliations
Lars J. Sjoqvist, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Ove K. S. Gustafsson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
Markus Henriksson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5615:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures
David H. Titterton, Editor(s)

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