University of Notre Dame

Aero-Optics Group



The Aero-Optics group at the University of Notre Dame is within the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department.  We are made up of several faculty, staff and graduate students.  Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research is our main facility, though members of the group often travel to other universities and government research facilities to conduct tests.


When an otherwise collimated, coherent beam of light encounters a turbulent flow field that includes index-of-refraction fluctuations (density fluctuations in air; for example), its optical wavefront becomes aberrated, causing the beam to be degraded. The interaction of light with fluid is termed "Aero-Optics."

The Aero-Optics Group at the University of Notre Dame is funded by a number of governmental and industrial sources to investigate and improve the quality of the emitted light when passed through an aero-optics environment.


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