A Technique for Estimating the Inner Scale and Strength of Turbulence along an Optical Propagation Path

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-06-M-0136
Agency Tracking Number: F061-009-2005
Amount: $99,950.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-009
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
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Principal Investigator
 Terry Brennan
 Senior Scientist
 (714) 772-7668
Business Contact
 Glenn Tyler
Title: President
Phone: (714) 772-7668
Email: glenn.a.tyler@tosc.com
Research Institution
The Kolmogorov spectrum for the refractive index is often assumed for analysis and simulation of optical propagation through turbulence. It is recognized that the Hill spectrum, including inner scale, is a more realistic model of index variations. This model includes a turbulence enhancement in a spectral subrange prior to the inner scale roll-off. Knowledge of this enhancement and the subsequent roll-off is important for predicting the statistics of both phase and scintillation effects. A technique for estimating the inner scale, L0, is proposed which can be implemented as part of a simple sensor system. The proposed inner scale sensor is also capable of estimating the Fried coherence length, r0, and the Greenwood frequency.

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