20 October 1998 Laboratory simulation of atmospheric turbulence for laser propagation: design and characterization
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Abstract
A turbulence chamber has been designed and built for performing optical propagation experiments. The chamber can produce turbulence 1000 times stronger than that of atmospheric turbulence, and is isotropic and homogeneous. Scintillation measurements for optical propagation inside the chamber are presented and compared with real atmospheric tests. The chamber can be used to perform optical propagation experiments under well-controlled and reproducible conditions. The chamber can be used to develop experiments to test optical communications, lidar, directed energy weapons, electro-optical designers, imaging systems, and air-borne laser systems which have to operate under atmospheric turbulence conditions. The chamber can provide tests results which are much less costly compared to outdoor and field tests.
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Arun K. Majumdar, Arun K. Majumdar, John A. DiUbaldo, John A. DiUbaldo, Alenka Brown-VanHoozer, Alenka Brown-VanHoozer, } "Laboratory simulation of atmospheric turbulence for laser propagation: design and characterization", Proc. SPIE 3432, Artificial Turbulence for Imaging and Wave Propagation, (20 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.327987; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.327987
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