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Comparison of polychromatic wave-optics models
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Paper Abstract

Polychromatic laser light can reduce speckle contrast in wavefront-sensing and imaging applications that use direct detection schemes. To help quantify the associated reduction in speckle contrast, this study investigates the accuracy and numerical efficiency of three separate wave-optics models that simulate the active illumination of extended objects with polychromatic laser light. The three separate models use spectral slicing, Monte Carlo averaging, and depth slicing, respectively, to simulate the laser-target interaction. The sampling requirements of all three models are discussed. Comparisons to analytical solutions and experimental data are made when possible. In general, the experiments and theory compare favorably with the models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2016
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 9982, Unconventional Imaging and Wavefront Sensing XII, 998209 (20 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237314
Show Author Affiliations
Noah R. Van Zandt, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Mark F. Spencer, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Michael J. Steinbock, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Brian M. Anderson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Milo W. Hyde, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Steven T. Fiorino, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9982:
Unconventional Imaging and Wavefront Sensing XII
Jean J. Dolne; Thomas J. Karr; David C. Dayton, Editor(s)

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