Thermal Blooming in the Transonic Regime
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Quantitative estimates are given for the phase changes caused by heating of the atmosphere by a laser beam slewing at transonic velocities. It is shown that for a beam slewing from near rest relative to the atmosphere, the transonic effect is negligible but for a beam transmitted from an aircraft, it can be important.
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