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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 130, 141-155

Profiling of atmospheric turbulence strength and velocity using a generalised SCIDAR technique

V.A. Klückers - N.J. Wooder - T.W. Nicholls - M.J. Adcock - I. Munro - J.C. Dainty

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Applied Optics Group, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London SW7 2BZ, UK

Received September 1; accepted November 13, 1997


The measurement of the strength and velocity of atmospheric optical turbulence using a generalised SCIDAR technique is outlined and demonstrated. This method allows the full turbulent profile to be characterised from the telescope pupil up to any desired altitude. A number of example profiles from various astronomical observing sites are presented.

Key words: atmospheric effects -- site testing -- telescopes

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