19 August 2008 Beam wander of a collimated beam: comparing theory and experiment
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In this paper we present experimental beam wander measurements and compare them with theory developed from the Kolmogorov model for the atmosphere. Data from a collimated beam over a 1km horizontal terrestrial path were recorded with a high-speed camera. Several sets of image data were taken before, during, and after the quiescent period of the atmosphere in June 2006. The propagation path was instrumented with a commercial scintillometer to measure the Cn 2 and a weather station to monitor temperature and wind velocity. The data were analyzed for centroid movement and hot spot movement.
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David T. Wayne, David T. Wayne, Ronald L. Phillips, Ronald L. Phillips, Larry C. Andrews, Larry C. Andrews, Brad Griffis, Brad Griffis, } "Beam wander of a collimated beam: comparing theory and experiment", Proc. SPIE 7091, Free-Space Laser Communications VIII, 70910O (19 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.796503; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.796503


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