Optical Design and Engineering

Numerical laser beam propagation using large eddy simulation of a jet engine flow field

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Markus Henriksson, Lars Sjöqvist

Swedish Defence Research Agency–Totalförsvarets Forskningsinstitut, Laser Systems Group, Division of Sensor and EW Systems, Box 1165, Linköping 581 11, Sweden

Oskar Parmhed, Christer Fureby

Swedish Defence Research Agency–Totalförsvarets Forskningsinstitut, Division of Defence and Security, Systems and Technology, Stockholm 164 90, Sweden

Opt. Eng. 54(8), 085101 (Aug 05, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.OE.54.8.085101
History: Received April 20, 2015; Accepted June 19, 2015
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Abstract.  In certain directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) situations, the laser beam path may have to pass close to the engine exhaust plume of the aircraft and models of plume turbulence are needed for DIRCM performance simulations. The jet engine plume was modeled using large eddy simulation (LES), providing time resolved information about the large scale turbulent eddies. The refractive index data from the LES calculations were integrated along the propagation path to produce time resolved phase screens for optical beam propagation. The phase screens were used to calculate laser beam parameters including beam wander and power-in-bucket (PIB). Numerical beam propagation resulted in a root-mean-square beam wander of 200μrad for the small turbojet engine studied. The PIB was calculated for beams with 80μrad and 2 mrad divergence having equal beam diameter when passing through the plume. For the beam with low divergence, the average PIB was reduced from 0.23 to 0.040, while the beam with wider divergence showed no significant reduction. In both cases, the plume introduced significant temporal variation of the instantaneous PIB. The beam wander is not affected by the divergence, but only depends on beam size.

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Markus Henriksson ; Lars Sjöqvist ; Oskar Parmhed and Christer Fureby
"Numerical laser beam propagation using large eddy simulation of a jet engine flow field", Opt. Eng. 54(8), 085101 (Aug 05, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.54.8.085101


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