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Mirage effects in the marine layer across Chesapeake Bay
Author(s): Carlos O. Font; Cheree A. Armstrong; G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Luke Parchment; Michele Suite; H. Rayvon Burris
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric effects deleteriously impact free space laser communications. Beam wander, distortion and beam bending can affect pointing and tracking in particular. Mirages are an example of these effects. In June 2006, a campaign was conducted across the Chesapeake Bay by the Naval Research Laboratory to quantify effects of mirages at the marine layer. We imaged a series of lights positioned strategically on a tower across the bay, at Tilghman Island, approximately ten miles away from NRL's Chesapeake Bay Detachment (NRL-CBD). Recorded images were subject to displacement and distortion as functions of temperature, humidity, dew point, and other meteorological parameters. Results from the experiment will be presented and phenomenology discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6951, Atmospheric Propagation V, 695108 (24 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.800782
Show Author Affiliations
Carlos O. Font, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Cheree A. Armstrong, Norfolk State Univ. (United States)
G. Charmaine Gilbreath, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Luke Parchment, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michele Suite, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
H. Rayvon Burris, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6951:
Atmospheric Propagation V
G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Linda M. Wasiczko, Editor(s)

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