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A single star SCIDAR system for profiling atmospheric turbulence
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This paper details a generalised SCIDAR system developed for characterising atmospheric parameters using single star targets. The instrument, which is based on a commercially available 250 mm diameter telescope, offers the potential for characterising atmospheric parameters for wide areas of the sky. Here, we describe the system and results of a proof of principle study performed at an observing site in Galway, Ireland with the instrument. The paper also outlines the approach adopted in the data reduction and in solving the altitude dependence of refractive index structure constant given the raw data from the instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5981, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VIII, 59810D (13 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.627531
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D. Coburn, National Univ. of Ireland/Galway (Ireland)
D. Garnier, National Univ. of Ireland/Galway (Ireland)
J.C. Dainty, National Univ. of Ireland/Galway (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5981:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VIII
Karin Stein; Anton Kohnle, Editor(s)

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