Propagation through and Characterization of Distributed Volume Turbulence (pcDVT)

13 - 17 July 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, Washington, USA

Scope and Topic Categories

pcDVT is a forum for the presentation of research in propagation through distributed volume atmosphere to include distributed volume turbulence and refractive atmospheric effects as well as characterization of the distributed atmosphere. 

In this forum, we discuss the physics of light propagation through the distributed volume atmosphere with a focus on the impact on the beam from distributed volume turbulence. The forum’s discussion also includes related topics in atmospheric propagation such as refractive layers, clouds, precipitation and dust/aerosols as well as devices suitable for measuring the distributed volume atmosphere, e.g. Lidar, and compensation of distributed volume effects.  Since propagating through the distributed volume atmosphere is a new field of research, this forum expedites collaboration and cultivates a multidisciplinary exchange of information designed to expand our understanding of the full complexity and interactions of distributed volume effects, drawing upon the most recent results from the fields of boundary layer physics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, meteorology, adaptive optics, laser sciences and singular optics.  Further the forum also covers topics not usually associated with atmospheric effects, such as the creation of photonic orbital angular momentum and parallels between Earth's atmosphere and astronomical TAMA.

Topic Categories

  1. Propagation through Distributed Volume Turbulence
    1. Wave optics simulation
    2. Wave front sensing
    3. Optical beam properties:  scintillation, phase variance, branch points, etc.

  2. Characterization of Distributed Volume Turbulence
    1. Boundary layer measurements
    2. Micro Meteorology
    3. Turbulence properties:  Kolmogorov versus non-Kolmogorov, anisotropy, etc.

  3. Creation of Photonic Orbital Angular Momentum (POAM) in Distributed Volume Turbulence
    1. Turbulence-induced optical vortices
    2. Transmission and decoherence of OAM states
    3. OAM Sensors

  4. Creation of POAM in Astrophysics
    1. Estimation of turbulence in protostellar clouds, circumstellar disks, stellar atmospheres, the ISM, etc.
    2. Galactic sources of POAM

  5. Systems Applications
    1. Laser Communication
    2. Remote Sensing
    3. Imaging