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Scintillation index of optical plane wave propagating through non-Kolmogorov moderate-strong turbulence
Author(s): Italo Toselli; Larry C. Andrews; Ronald L. Phillips; Valter Ferrero
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Paper Abstract

An optical plane wave propagating through atmospheric turbulence is affected by irradiance fluctuations known as scintillation. The scintillation index of an optical wave in strong turbulence can be analyzed by extended Rytov theory, which uses filter functions to eliminate the effect of cell turbulence sizes that do not contribute to scintillation, and it already has been calculated by Kolmogorov's power spectral density model. However several experiments showed that Kolmogorov theory is sometimes incomplete to describe atmospheric turbulence properly. In this paper, for a horizontal path, we use extended Rytov theory to carry out plane wave scintillation index analysis in non Kolmogorov strong turbulence. We do it using a non Kolmogorov power spectrum which uses a generalized exponent factor and a generalized amplitude factor. Although our final expressions for the scintillation have been obtained by extended Rytov theory, which is necessary to adopt in strong turbulence conditions, they reduce to the proper results also in weak turbulence.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6747, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems X, 67470B (1 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.737118
Show Author Affiliations
Italo Toselli, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Larry C. Andrews, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Ronald L. Phillips, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Valter Ferrero, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6747:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems X
Karin Stein; Anton Kohnle; John D. Gonglewski, Editor(s)

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