Researching at the Speed of Sound Philadelphia-area businessman Matthew McDevitt, left, donated a Falcon 10 aircraft that will help Notre Dame continue its groundbreaking aerospace research and development.
Researching at the Speed of Sound
Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory Researchers in the Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory study laser-directed energy and free-space communication.
Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory
Tandem-flying Aircraft Two aircraft, outfitted inside and out, employ send-and-receive experiments at transonic speeds to capture and analyze data that will shed light on the effects of turbulence on laser-directed communication.
Tandem-flying Aircraft
Adaptive Optics Deformable Mirrors Adaptive optics helps improve the performance of optical systems by reducing the effect of wavefront disortions. Researchers in the Aero-Optics Group work with adaptive optics deformable mirrors to correct for deformations in short time frames.
Adaptive Optics Deformable Mirrors

Welcome to the Aero-Optics Group

The Aero-Optics Group at Notre Dame is within the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department and affiliated with the Institute of Flow Physics and Control. We are made up of 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.

Background

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.

Research

AAOL-T

AAOL-T

Airborne Aero-Optics Laboratory: Transonic

Predictive Approach

Predictive Approach

Compensating for adaptive optic system latency using predictive methods.

Faculty
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R. Rennie

R.  Rennie

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Phone: 574-631-1695
Office: 140 Multidisciplinary Building

Affiliations

Aero-Optics Group Research Associate Professor
College of Engineering Research Associate Professor
Aero-Optics Flow Control Wind Tunnel Design and Testing
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R.  Rennie

Aero-Optics Group Research Associate Professor
College of Engineering Research Associate Professor
Aero-Optics Flow Control Wind Tunnel Design and Testing
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