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dc.contributor.advisorWalters, Donald L.
dc.contributor.authorMattingly, Timothy Scott
dc.dateDecember 1991
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-20T21:36:50Z
dc.date.available2014-11-20T21:36:50Z
dc.date.issued1991-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/43780
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractTemperature fluctuations in the atmosphere severely limit the angular resolution of earth bound observation facilities to around 1 arcsecond. This corresponds to an effective, coherent, aperture size of 10 cm even though the telescope may have a 2-4 m primary mirror. Understanding the spatial and temporal distribution of atmospheric optical turbulence is essential to maximize the performance of large astronomical telescopes. This thesis made use of a 5 KHz high frequency, short range Doppler acoustic sounder to investigate the first 100 meters of the mountain boundary layer turbulence above the Air Force Maui Observation Site, AMOS, Haleakala, Hi. These measurements were part of a coordinated site evaluation for a proposed 4 m telescope to be built at AMOS in the near future. Tentative results revealed significant layering, 15-20 m and occasionally thicker, in the turbulent surface layers above AMOS. Additionally, a comparison of two proposed construction sites near the top of Haleakala showed that the turbulent surface layer tends to follow the contours of the mountain.en_US
dc.format.extent114 p.: ill.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleMeasurement of surface layer turbulence above AMOSen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderDavis, David Scott
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Physics
dc.subject.authorAtmospheric optical turbulenceen_US
dc.subject.authorSpatial coherence lengthen_US
dc.subject.authorWind profileen_US
dc.subject.authorShort and long term exposuresen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United.States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Physicsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplinePhysicsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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