Atmospheric deflection of airborne lasers for lidar, communication and directed energy applications. Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2019 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved. This paper explores the altitude error from vertical refractive index gradients in non-standard atmospheres. Parameter spaces associated with airborne free space optical communication, directed energy and atmospheric LiDAR are explored. For the case of airborne free space optical communication, a simple yet accurate estimation of the deflection is obtained through dimensional analysis. Additional altitude errors were obtained by adding thermal perturbations which produced additional errors ranging from mm to cm.

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author list (cited authors)

  • New-Tolley, M. R., Shneider, M. N., & Miles, R. B.

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publication date

  • January 2019