Complex field atmospheric sensing suite for deep turbulence research

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-12-M-0079
Agency Tracking Number: F11B-T41-0192
Amount: $99,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF11-BT41
Solicitation Number: 2011.B
Small Business Information
1341 South Sunkist Street, Anaheim, CA, -
DUNS: 801256199
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Terry Brennan
 Senior Scientist
 (714) 772-7668
Business Contact
 Glenn Tyler
Title: President
Phone: (714) 772-7668
Research Institution
 Air Force Institute of Technology
 Jeffery Murray
 2950 Hobson Way
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, 45433-5433
 (937) 255-3633
 Nonprofit college or university
ABSTRACT: The problem of characterizing turbulence over long optical paths or over very strong shorter paths is challenging and unsolved. Current measurement systems do not address all aspects of the problem. Generally available measurements are incomplete in that they do not contain sufficient information at sufficient resolution to address all of the deep turbulence questions, such as validity of Kolmogorov statistics, the frozen flow hypothesis, and the existence of inner and outer scale. In addition, appropriate measurements have not been collected over the path of interest and variability of turbulence strength and distribution has not been addressed. This proposal will address these shortcomings by developing the requirements and design for a complex field sensing suite for deep turbulence. This suite will include sensing hardware and data processing algorithms and software. Use of climatological and weather modeling data will also be included. The requirements will be developed based on application of novel analysis and simulation techniques as well as analysis of existing data. BENEFIT: Development of a complex field sensor suite for deep turbulence which has been designed to handle the unique characteristics of deep turbulence will be of immense value to researchers and developers of long range optical systems such as lasercom systems, weapons systems, and imaging systems. Research progress in the field of deep turbulence has been hindered by lack of appropriate sensing devices. Knowledge of turbulence characteristics in the operating environment is an essential requirement for developing high performance systems at the lowest cost.

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