Investigations of a single point temperature probe for measurement of atmospheric turbulence
Hoover, Cloyes R.
Walters, Donald L.
David, David Scott
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Gradients in the index of refraction caused by temperature fluctuations create optical turbulence. This optical turbulence greatly degrades the performance of imaging and laser systems operating in the atmosphere. There are several methods of measuring optical turbulence in the atmosphere, but few give a high resolution profile of the turbulence at all levels displaying the "layers" of turbulence that exist. This thesis is an investigation of the use of a high temperature probe coupled with a VIZ 9000 meteorological system to measure the optical turbulence in the atmosphere from a ground base to approximately 25 km. the processing of the data is done by a program developed as part of this research. The outputs of the program are r(o), 0(0) and C(n)(2) as functions of altitude
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