A simple approach for estimating the refractive index structure parameter (C2n) profile in the atmosphere

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Abstract

Utilizing the so-called Thorpe scale as a measure of the turbulence outer scale, we propose a physically-based approach for the estimation of C2 n profiles in the lower atmosphere. This approach only requires coarse-resolution temperature profiles (a.k.a., soundings) as input, yet it has the intrinsic ability to capture layers of high optical turbulence. The prowess of this computationally inexpensive approach is demonstrated by validations against observational data from a field campaign over Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4130-4133
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Volume40
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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