Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Crosswinds by Utilizing Speckle-Turbulence Interaction and Optical Heterodyne Detection.
Final rept. 1 Jan 86-30 Jun 87,
OREGON GRADUATE CENTER BEAVERTON DEPT OF APPLIED PHYSICS AND ELECTRICAL ENGIN EERING
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Speckle-turbulence interaction can be utilized to measure the vector wind in a plane perpendicular to the line of sight from a laser transmitter to a target. A continuous wave source of around one watt and operating at 10.6 microns, in conjunction with an optical heterodyne receiver, has been used to measure atmospheric winds along horizontal paths. A theoretical basis, the experimental apparatus, processing techniques, and experimental results are presented. The technique has been demonstrated for remote sensing of atmospheric winds along horizontal paths and has potential for global remote sensing of atmospheric winds and for on-board wind shear detection systems for aircraft.
- Optical Detection and Detectors