Laser beam distortions caused by a shock wave near the turret of a supersonic aircraft
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We present results of calculations of the mean intensity of a beam which passes in the beginning of the path through a shock wave which is formed during a supersonic air flow around the turret and propagates further in a homogeneous medium. It is shown that the spatial inhomogeneity of the air refractive index in the region of a shock wave can lead to strong anisotropic distortions of a beam intersecting the wave; the distortions result in focusing and defragmentation of the beam at comparatively short distances from the turret and rapid degradation of the beam in the process of its further propagation.
Keywordsturret shock wave mean intensity focusing of optical radiation
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