Abstract:The paper discusses the possibility of remote detection of a continuous laser beam propagating in a scattering continental and coastal atmosphere, when it is recorded outside the axial zone. In the single scattering approximation, estimates of the radianceat the registration site are carried out, which are compared with the threshold characteristics of existing photodetectors in the visible and IR spectral regions. It is shown that the laser radiation (LR) of the beam is reliably recorded in the range of angles (0–180)° at metrological range of visibility equal (5–20) km at night conditions. At twilight, under the same conditions, detection capabilities are significantly reduced. A significant increase of the LR beam radiance contrast with a decrease in its divergence has been shown experimentally in the field observations. At twilight, a decrease in the beam’s radiance contrast is seen. A beam with a divergence equal to 2 ceases to be distinguishable at angles equal to (80–90)°, and a beam with a divergence of 4 – at angles (60–70)°.In this case, the contrast difference reaches up to 10 times.
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