Abstract

We have performed what are, to our knowledge, the first measurements of wave fronts propagated through atmospheric turbulence with the use of a synthetic beacon in the mesospheric sodium layer. The synthetic-beacon wave fronts showed reasonable agreement with those from reference stars. The sodium-layer beacon performance was also compared with that of beacons produced by Rayleigh backscatter in the 6-20-km altitude range.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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