Supercontinuum lasers help understand and predict the weather

In recent years, the existence of large-scale and long-living convection patterns was reported. Such superstructures dominate the global heat and mass transport and can cause extreme fluctuations in the flow. Do superstructures aid and abet extreme weather events? This is still poorly understood.

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At the Institute of Thermo- and Fluid Mechanics at Technische Universität Ilmenau in Germany, scientists are researching thermally driven flows. The group investigates the size and the dynamics of large-scale patterns and vortices evolving in those flows using numerical and experimental approaches.

Read about their experiments and how they used a SuperK supercontinuum laser and a SuperK SPLIT filter in their experimental setup.