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Simulation of imaging in the presence of cirrus clouds
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Paper Abstract

The effect of atmospheric phase perturbations on the diffractive and coherent properties of the uplink and downlink paths of an active imaging illumination beam has been studied in some detail. Similarly, the scattering and depolarization induced by water and ice cloud particles in the path of coherent laser illumination is currently an area of much production research. In contrast, the effect of cloud particles on the diffractive properties of a laser illumination beam has not received as much attention due primarily to the daunting mathematics of the physical mode. This paper seeks to address some of the mathematical issues associated with modeling the interaction of a coherent illumination beam with a cloud of ice particles. The simulation constructs a 3D model of a cirrus cloud consisting of randomly oriented hexagonal ice crystals in the shape of plates, columns, and bullet rosettes. The size, shape, and vertical distribution of the crystals are modeled after measured particles concentrations and distributions. An illumination pattern, in the form of grid of rays, is traced through the cloud, and the properties of the exiting wavefronts are analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3433, Propagation and Imaging through the Atmosphere II, (3 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.330221
Show Author Affiliations
Barbara Tehan Landesman, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
Peter J. Kindilien, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
Charles L. Matson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Thomas R. Caudill, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3433:
Propagation and Imaging through the Atmosphere II
Luc R. Bissonnette, Editor(s)

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