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Polar phase screens: a comparative analysis with other methods of random phase screen generation
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Paper Abstract

Random phase screens are essential elements of simulating light propagation through turbulent media. In order to be effective, they must accurately reflect theory and be implementable by the user. This document explains and evaluates three methods of generating random phase screens: using a Fourier series upon a polar frequency grid with logarithmic spacing; using the fast Fourier transform, with its cartesian frequency grid; and using Zernike polynomials. It provides a comparison of the polar Fourier series technique with the two more common techniques (fast Fourier transform and Zernike), with the end result of giving the users enough information to choose which method best fits their needs. The evaluation criteria used are generation time (usability) and phase structure function (accuracy).

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2006
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6303, Atmospheric Optical Modeling, Measurement, and Simulation II, 630301 (1 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.681029
Show Author Affiliations
Rebecca J. Eckert, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Matthew E. Goda, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6303:
Atmospheric Optical Modeling, Measurement, and Simulation II
Stephen M. Hammel; Anton Kohnle, Editor(s)

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