8 September 1998 Coherent laser radar atmospheric turbulence sensor
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A single-ended, range-resolved, refractive turbulence sensor concept was investigated for ground-based and airborne platforms. This technology is of interest to the Air Force's Airborne Laser (ABL) program, because it will enable the determination of optimal engagement paths for the weapons laser. In this paper we describe the performance of a range- resolved refractive turbulence profiler which is based upon a coherent laser radar array receiver technology. We present Monte-Carlo simulation performance predictions for several sensor configurations, including a one micron ABL sensor and an eye-safe two micron ground-based sensor. In addition to its refractive turbulence sensing function, this innovative sensor will be capable of measuring wind velocity and characterizing wind turbulence.
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Philip Gatt, Rod G. Frehlich, Stephen M. Hannon, "Coherent laser radar atmospheric turbulence sensor", Proc. SPIE 3381, Airborne Laser Advanced Technology, (8 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.323943; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.323943
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