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Atmospheric and laser propagation

: Eijk, A.M.J. van; Stein, K.


Titterton, D.H. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures XIV : 12-13 September 2017, Warsaw, Poland
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2017 (Proceedings of SPIE 10435)
ISBN: 978-1-5106-1334-8
ISBN: 978-1-5106-1335-5
Paper 104350E, 10 pp.
Conference "Technologies for Optical Countermeasures" <14, 2017, Warsaw>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IOSB ()

This paper reviews three phenomena that affect the propagation of electro-optical radiation through the atmosphere: absorption and scattering, refraction and turbulence. The net effect on imaging or laser systems is a net reduction of the effective range, or a degradation of the information contained in the electro-optical radiation. Recent advances in techniques to assess the concentration and composition of atmospheric aerosols, and to assess the strength of optical turbulence are discussed in more detail.