Accession Number:

AD1107615

Title:

Validation of HTS Optical Turbulence Profiling via Sonic Anemometry

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,01 Sep 2018,01 Mar 2020

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2020-03-26

Pagination or Media Count:

113.0

Abstract:

Previous turbulence measurements along a near-ground, 500 m, horizontal path using two helium-neon laser beacons and Hartmann Turbulence Sensor HTS yielded profiles of C2n by measuring local aberrated wavefront tilts. The HTS C2nestimates were consistent with integrated turbulence values collected along the same path by a BLS900 scintillometer. Further validation of the HTS profiling ethod is necessary to produce accurate optical turbulence profiles for wavefrontcorrection and to eventually gain an improved understanding of turbulence in the lower atmosphere and its variation as a function of altitude. In order to add confidence to the HTS dual-beacon profiling method, a collection of sonicanemometers was added along the path to collect point measurements of C2T, which were used to derive values of C2n. Propagation over a non-homogeneous path i.e. part grass and part concrete ensured the turbulence profile along thepath is more varied. C2n profiles in this work derived from HTS data captured on 25 and 26 July 2019 agreed strongly with the collocated anemometer and BLS measurements

Subject Categories:

  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE