Development and verification of experimental data bases for pancake structures in atmospheric flows

Alex Mahalov, B. Nicolaenko, H. J S Fernando

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The performance of Airborne Lasers (ABL) is sensitive to the three-dimensional, nonstationary, intermittent, anisotropic structure of atmospheric turbulence. The upper (stratospheric) layers are dominated by the background stable stratification, as a result of which the turbulence tend to be characterized by thin layers of high refractive index variations known as "pancakes". In this paper we survey theoretical results and experimental measurements of turbulence spectra and correlations for pancakes in rotating stratified environments. Anisotropic turbulence models developed are benchmarked against both laboratory experimental data bases as well as field data to be gathered in the balloon and the EGRETT campaign of measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsT.D. Steiner, P.H. Meritt
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1998
EventAirborne Laser Advanced Technology - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 13 1998Apr 14 1998


OtherAirborne Laser Advanced Technology
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Anisotropic turbulence
  • Optical propagation
  • Pancake dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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