28 February 2013 Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory
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We provide a background into aero-optics, which is the effect that turbulent flow over and around an aircraft has on a laser projected or received by an optical system. We also discuss the magnitude of detrimental effects which aero-optics has on optical system performance, and the need to measure these effects in flight. The Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory (AAOL), fulfills this need by providing an airborne laboratory that can capture wavefronts imposed on a laser beam from a morphable optical turret; the aircraft has a Mach number range up to low transonic speeds. We present the AAOL concept as well as a description of its optical components and sensing capabilities and uses.
© 2013 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Eric J. Jumper, Michael A. Zenk, Stanislav V. Gordeyev, David A. Cavalieri, Matthew Whitely, "Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory," Optical Engineering 52(7), 071408 (28 February 2013). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.52.7.071408 . Submission:

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