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25 September 2013 Retrieval of structure functions of air temperature and refractive index from large eddy simulations of the atmospheric boundary layer
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A methodology is presented to infer the refractive-index structure function parameter and the structure parameters for temperature and humidity from numerical simulations of the turbulent atmospheric convective boundary layer (CBL). The method employs spatial and temporal averaging of multiple realizations of the CBL flow field reproduced by a large-eddy simulation (LES) of the atmosphere. The Cn2 values yielded by LES-based approach agree fairly well with Cn2 values predicted by the Monin-Obukhov similarity theory. In this respect, the Cn2 retrieval from the LES data is promising for evaluating the vertical profile of Cn2 throughout the entire CBL. Under the considered CBL conditions and for the selected optical wavelength of 0.55 μm the value of Cn2 was found to be dominated by the CT2 contribution in the first few hundred meters above the surface, whereas the CTq contribution became significant aloft.
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Chris Wilson, Alexander M.J van Eijk, and Evgeni Fedorovich "Retrieval of structure functions of air temperature and refractive index from large eddy simulations of the atmospheric boundary layer", Proc. SPIE 8874, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans II, 887408 (25 September 2013); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2023990
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