Physics and Computation of Aero-Optics

Meng Wang, Ali Mani, Stanislav Gordeyev
2012 Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics  
This article provides a critical review of aero-optics with an emphasis on recent developments in computational predictions and the physical mechanisms of flow-induced optical distortions. Following a brief introduction of the fundamental theory and key concepts, computational techniques for aberrating flow fields and optical propagation are discussed along with a brief survey of wave-front sensors used in experimental measurements. New physical understanding generated through numerical and
more » ... rimental investigations is highlighted for a number of important aero-optical flows, including turbulent boundary layers, separated shear layers, and flow over optical turrets. Approaches for mitigating aero-optical effects are briefly discussed. 299
doi:10.1146/annurev-fluid-120710-101152 fatcat:txxujpdlirgldemdfjqzanpgni