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Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric Oceanic Phenomena

11 July 2022 – 15 July 2022 Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, British Columbia Canada

pcAOP is a forum for the presentation of research in the physics of light propagation, optical remote sensing, and EO/IR effects in either the atmosphere or ocean, to include distributed volume turbulence, boundary layer effects, 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.  




  • Sukanta Basu, Technische Universiteit DelftNetherlands
    Outer Length Scales in Nocturnal Stable Boundary Layers
  • Stanley Chan, Purdue UniversityUnited States
    Zernike-Based Atmospheric Turbulence Simulation: 4K Resolution and Dense Grid
  • Judith Dijk, TNONetherlands
    An Overview of Recent Turbulence Mitigation Technologies
  • Yakov Diskin, MZA Associates CorporationUnited States
    Turbulence Modeling and Forecasting Using Machine Learning and Regional Weather
  • Steven Fiorino, Air Force Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Techniques to Quantify Ambient Aerosol Optical Properties from Measurements of Extinction and Scattering
  • Szymon Gladysz, Fraunhofer IOSBGermany
    Strategies for Correction of Atmospheric and Underwater Effects on Laser Communications Systems
  • Eric Johnson, Clemson UniversityUnited States
    Probing and Sensing of Optical Channels Using Higher Order Bessel Beams Integrated with Time
  • Anthony Klee, Lockheed Martin CorporationUnited States
    Path-Resolved Turbulence Measurements with Digital Holographic Tomography
  • Svetlana Lachinova, II-VI Optical SystemsUnited States
    Recent Advances in Numerical Modeling and Simulations of Atmospheric Optics Effects
  • Martin Lavery, University of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
    Environmental Sensing with Structured Beams
  • Denis Oesch, LeidosUnited States
    Atmospheric Modeling of Space-to-Earth Links for Adaptive-Optics-Enabled Quantum Communication with a 1-Mile Field Experiment
  • Joseph Penano, US Naval Research LaboratoryUnited States
    Measuring the Effects of Aerosol-Induced Thermal Blooming
  • William Rabinovich, US Naval Research LaboratoryUnited States
    Optical Propagation over Water: Wave Optics Simulation Compared to Experimental Measurements
  • Martin Richardson, University of Central Florida, CREOLUnited States
    Propagation Studies of Ultrafast High Intensity Pulses in the Atmosphere
  • Murat TAHTALI, University of New South WalesAustralia
    Imaging Techniques Through Unfavorable Media
  • Abbie Watnik, US Naval Research LaboratoryUnited States
    Non-Conventional Wavefront Sensing Approaches for Beam Propagation Through Turbulence
  • Yi Xiang, Xidian UniversityChina
    A Survey of Modelling Turbulent Ocean Channel for Underwater Optical Communications



  • Melissa Beason, Air Force Research Laboratory, US, United StatesChair
  • Jeremy Bos, Michigan Technological University, United StatesChair
  • Svetlana Avramov-Zamurovic, US Naval Academy, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Jeff Beck, Nutronics Inc
  • Santasri Bose-Pillai, Air Force Institute of Technology, United States
  • Samantha Gregory, Radiant Photonics, Inc, United States
  • Julia Hofmann, Fraunhofer IOSB, Germany
  • Rita Mahon, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
  • Jack McCrae, Air Force Institute of Technology, United States
  • Andreas Muschinski, NorthWest Research Associates, United States
  • Carrie Noren, AFRL
  • Dario Perez, P. Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile
  • Anand Sarma, IISER Thiruvananthapuram, India
  • Jason Schmidt, MZA Associates Corporation, United States
  • Miranda van Iersel, University of Dayton , United States
  • Noah Van Zandt, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States
  • David Voelz, New Mexico State University, United States
  • Steven Zuraski, US Air Force Research Laboratory, United States


Special Events

From Student to Career: A Look Inside Different Career Paths

Tuesday, 12 July 14:00 – 16:00

Students can ask questions and hear from professionals in different fields about the steps they took in choosing their career paths, what it takes to be successful in their field, and what a typical work day is like and how it differs from graduate school.

Scott Davis, Vescent Photonics, USA
Mark Zondlo, Princeton University, USA
Jaakko Lehtinen, Gasera, Finland
Michelle Bailey, NIST, USA
Derek Guenther, Ocean Insight, USA

Recent Advances in Free-Space Optical Communications

Wednesday, 13 July 09:30 – 11:00

Join the Laser Systems Technical group for a special talk led by Szymon Gladysz followed by a networking reception. With several major companies like SpaceX, Facebook, Google, and hundreds of smaller companies pursuing several concepts involving laser communications technology, Gladysz will discuss the recent advances in free-space laser communications in atmospheric and underwater environments. Please use this link to RSVP:

Szymon Gladysz, Head of the Adaptive Optics Group, Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation, Germany


Conference Reception

Wednesday, 13 July 18:00 – 20:30

Join your fellow attendees for a festive evening. Guest tickets are available for USD 75.


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