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Acoustic Visualization of Nonlinear Internal Gravity Waves Using an Improved High Frequency Sonar System

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High frequency sonar systems have been used by the Naval Research Laboratory to study nonlinear internal gravity waves and define the fine structure of ocean temperature and salinity layers that are found in coastal waters, usually within 130 meters of the surface. Of particular interest is the fine structure of these waves, which are being investigated using high sensitivity sonar systems that provide 1 m horizontal resolution and less than 8 cm vertical resolution. This article describes the integration of commercial and custom-designed components, including a recently patented transmitter-receiver switch. The significance of this T-R switch is that it improves the sensitivity of short-range sonar systems, enables a more refined measurement of nonlinear internal gravity waves, and could have broad industry applications.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2006

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