Time-dependent propagation of high-energy laser beams through the atmosphere: II
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- Fleck, J.A., Morris, J.R. & Feit, M.D. Appl. Phys. (1977) 14: 99. doi:10.1007/BF00882638
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Various factors that can effect thermal blooming in stagnation zone situations are examined, including stagnation-zone motion, longitudinal air motion in the neighborhood of the stagnation zone, and the effects of scenario noncoplanarity. Of these effects, only the last offers reasonable hope of reducing the strong thermal blooming that normally accompanies stagnation zones; in particular, noncoplanarity should benefit multipulse more than cw beams. The methods of treating nonhorizontal winds hydrodynamically for cw and multipulse steady-state sources are discussed. Aspects of pulse “self-blooming” are also considered.