Analysis of Ground Layer Turbulence Profiles at CTIO and Mauna Kea


Ronald Gagné, Paul Hickson, Thomas Pfrommer, Masen Lamb, Marc Baril


University of British Columbia


For the past 4 years high-resolution ground layer turbulence measurements have been carried out on Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) with a lunar scintillometer. We present C_N2-profiles in the range up to 1 km and seeing statistics from fall 2007 to spring 2011. Comparisons with weather parameter links local topography to optical turbulence. The observations in Chile are compared to a ground-layer study on Mauna Kea at the Canada France Hawaii Telescope by the use of median seeing values as well as scale heights derived from the turbulence integral.

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