7 October 2014 Post-image acquisition processing approaches for coherent backscatter validation
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Utilizing a retro-reflector from a target point, the reflected irradiance of a laser beam traveling back toward the transmitting point contains a peak point of intensity known as the enhanced backscatter (EBS) phenomenon. EBS is dependent on the strength regime of turbulence currently occurring within the atmosphere as the beam propagates across and back. In order to capture and analyze this phenomenon so that it may be compared to theory, an imaging system is integrated into the optical set up. With proper imaging established, we are able to implement various post-image acquisition techniques to help determine detection and positioning of EBS which can then be validated with theory by inspection of certain dependent meteorological parameters such as the refractive index structure parameter, Cn2 and wind speed.
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Christopher A. Smith, Christopher A. Smith, Sara B. Belichki, Sara B. Belichki, Joseph T. Coffaro, Joseph T. Coffaro, Michael G. Panich, Michael G. Panich, Larry C. Andrews, Larry C. Andrews, Ronald L. Phillips, Ronald L. Phillips, "Post-image acquisition processing approaches for coherent backscatter validation", Proc. SPIE 9224, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans III, 92241Q (7 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2087113; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2087113

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