Special Section on Aero-Optics and Adaptive Optics for Aero-Optics

Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory

[+] Author Affiliations
Eric J. Jumper

University of Notre Dame, Institute for Flow Physics and Control, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Michael A. Zenk

University of Notre Dame, Institute for Flow Physics and Control, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Stanislav Gordeyev

University of Notre Dame, Institute for Flow Physics and Control, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

David Cavalieri

University of Notre Dame, Institute for Flow Physics and Control, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Matthew R. Whiteley

MZA Associates Corporation, 1360 Technology Court, Suite 200, Dayton, Ohio 45430

Opt. Eng. 52(7), 071408 (Feb 28, 2013). doi:10.1117/1.OE.52.7.071408
History: Received September 27, 2012; Revised January 8, 2013; Accepted January 9, 2013
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Abstract.  We provide a background into aero-optics, which is the effect that turbulent flow over and around an aircraft has on a laser projected or received by an optical system. We also discuss the magnitude of detrimental effects which aero-optics has on optical system performance, and the need to measure these effects in flight. The Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory (AAOL), fulfills this need by providing an airborne laboratory that can capture wavefronts imposed on a laser beam from a morphable optical turret; the aircraft has a Mach number range up to low transonic speeds. We present the AAOL concept as well as a description of its optical components and sensing capabilities and uses.

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