An Investigation of Atmospheric Effects on Laser Propagation and the Impact on Eye Safety
Final rept. Jun 1971-Oct 1972
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CA
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Results are presented from an experimental study of laser beam scintillation along a slant path in the atmospheric planetary boundary layer. The primary objective of this research is to determine the influence on eye safety of atmospheric thermal turbulence in causing locally high intensities of energy in laser beams. This work has resulted in the further development of a general eye-hazard evaluation procedure based on atmospheric effects and laser operating conditions. The present work has also resulted in the development of a simple, worst-case guide to estimate the maximum probability of eye damage.
- Atmospheric Physics
- Lasers and Masers