24 June 2019 – 27 June 2019 Messe München, Munich, Germany

Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena


pcAOP is a forum for the presentation of research in the physics of light propagation, optical remote sensing, or EO/IR effects in either the atmosphere or ocean, to include distributed volume turbulence, gravity waves, vortex shedding, stably stratified turbulence, persistent eddies, and cloud/aerosol/vapor scattering and absorption, refractive effects, such as mirages and over-the-horizon viewing, as well as characterization of these phenomena.

In this forum, we discuss the physics of light propagating through the atmosphere and ocean to include large-scale meteorological and oceanic phenomena that include distributed volume turbulence, gravity waves, vortex shedding, stably stratified turbulence, persistent eddies, absorption and scattering by clouds, vapor, aerosols, and hydrosols, mirages, and over-the -horizon viewing. We also discuss applications in optical remote sensing using lidar and passive sensors.

Since the study of propagation through atmospheric and oceanic phenomena is a rapidly developing 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 atmospheric optics, boundary layer physics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, meteorology, adaptive optics, laser sciences and singular optics.

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Committee Members

  • Joseph Shaw, Montana State University, United States , Chair
  • Stacie Williams, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, United States , Chair
  • Szymon Gladysz, Fraunhofer Institute IOSB, Germany , Program Chair
  • Svetlana Avramov-Zamurovic, US Naval Academy, United States
  • Sukanta Basu, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Julian Christou, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, United States
  • Christopher Dainty, FotoNation, Ireland
  • Weilin Hou, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
  • Daniel LeMaster, US Air Force Research Laboratory, United States
  • Andreas Muschinski, NorthWest Research Associates, United States
  • Denis Oesch, Leidos, United States
  • Knut Solna, University of California Irvine, United States
  • Mark Spencer, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States
  • Karin Stein, Fraunhofer IOSB, Germany
  • Mikhail Vorontsov, University of Dayton, United States


Joseph Shaw

Montana State University, UNITED STATES

Stacie Williams

Air Force Office of Scientific Research, UNITED STATES

Szymon Gladysz

Fraunhofer Institute IOSB, GERMANY
Program Chair


OSA - The Optical Society

Gold Corporate Sponsor

Avo Photonics

Silver Corporate Sponsor

Boston Micromachines

Corporate Sponsor

American Elements, global manufacturer of high purity metals, substrates, laser crystals, advanced materials for semiconductors, optoelectronics, & LEDs.


Boston Electronics Corporation
Nikon Corporation
Sacher Lasertechnik GmbH
Toptica Photonics, Inc.

Corporate Contribution

Avo Photonics
Canon Information Systems Research Australia
Southern Methodist University