EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUE USING AN INTERFERENCE PATTERN FOR MEASURING DIRECTIONAL FLUCTUATIONS OF A LASER BEAM CREATED BY A STRONG THERMAL TURBULENCE

Jacques Hona, Elisabeth Ngo Nyobe, Elkana Pemha
2008 Electromagnetic Waves  
In the view of measuring directional fluctuations of a thin laser beam sent through a heated turbulent jet, an optical method using interference and diffraction with the out coming beam is proposed. The experimental set-up is described. A new technique for separating directional fluctuations of the laser beam is explained. From the measurement of the interference pattern perturbations, are deduced the Rms of the laser beam deflection angle, the spectrum of directional fluctuations of the laser
more » ... tions of the laser beam, and the value of a scattering coefficient characterizing the heated turbulent jet. The measured spectrum reveals a −8/3 power law and the value obtained for that coefficient is nearly equal to that found in previous works. This agreement enables to conclude that the experimental technique used is efficient and satisfactory.
doi:10.2528/pier08072803 fatcat:vsved6qhlrgeleitsvg2ychcg4