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Author: Eijk, A.M.J. van · Stein, K.
Publisher: SPIE
Source:Titterton, D.H.Richardson, M.A.Grasso, R.J., Technologies for Optical Countermeasures XIV 2017. 12 September 2017 through 13 September 2017, 10435
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Identifier: 782898
doi: doi:10.1117/12.2275865
ISBN: 9781510613348
Article number: 104350E
Keywords: Atmospheric aerosols · Electro-optical propagation · Review · Turbulence · Aerosols · Atmospheric aerosols · Atmospheric turbulence · Reviews · Turbulence · Absorption and scatterings · Effective range · Electro-optical · Laser propagation · Laser systems · Net effect · Optical turbulence · Atmospheric thermodynamics · 2015 Observation, Weapon & Protection Systems · ED - Electronic Defence · TS - Technical Sciences


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. © 2017 SPIE. The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)