Abstract

Stellar scintillations, when appropriately analyzed, yield information about the turbulence throughout the atmosphere. We describe an instrument involving a 36-cm telescope and an on-line minicomputer that provides, after 20 min of observation, the refractive-turbulence profile of the atmosphere. The height resolution is sufficient to divide the atmosphere into about four independent regions. The principal limitation to greater accuracy and resolution is the nonstationary behavior of the atmosphere during the 20-min observing period.

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