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Title: Passive method to measure strength of turbulence

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to passively measure and calculate the strength of turbulence via the index of refraction structure constant C.sub.n.sup.2 from video imagery gathered by an imaging device, such as a video camera. Processing may occur with any type computing device utilizing a processor executing machine executable code stored on memory. This method significantly simplifies instrumentation requirements, reduces cost, and provides rapid data output. This method combines an angle of arrival methodology, which provides scale factors, with a new spatial/temporal frequency domain method. As part of the development process, video imagery from high speed cameras was collected and analyzed. The data was decimated to video rates such that statistics could be computed and used to confirm that this passive method accurately characterizes the atmospheric turbulence. C.sub.n.sup.2 accuracy from this method compared well with scintillometer data through two full orders of magnitude and more capability is expected beyond this verification.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Nevada National Security Site/Mission Support and Test Services LLC
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1568761
Patent Number(s):
10,389,940
Application Number:
15/201,306
Assignee:
Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (Las Vegas, NV)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25946
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 07/01/2016
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

O'Neill, Mary Morabito, and Terry, David. Passive method to measure strength of turbulence. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
O'Neill, Mary Morabito, & Terry, David. Passive method to measure strength of turbulence. United States.
O'Neill, Mary Morabito, and Terry, David. Tue . "Passive method to measure strength of turbulence". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1568761.
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abstractNote = {Disclosed is a method to passively measure and calculate the strength of turbulence via the index of refraction structure constant C.sub.n.sup.2 from video imagery gathered by an imaging device, such as a video camera. Processing may occur with any type computing device utilizing a processor executing machine executable code stored on memory. This method significantly simplifies instrumentation requirements, reduces cost, and provides rapid data output. This method combines an angle of arrival methodology, which provides scale factors, with a new spatial/temporal frequency domain method. As part of the development process, video imagery from high speed cameras was collected and analyzed. The data was decimated to video rates such that statistics could be computed and used to confirm that this passive method accurately characterizes the atmospheric turbulence. C.sub.n.sup.2 accuracy from this method compared well with scintillometer data through two full orders of magnitude and more capability is expected beyond this verification.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
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