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Numerical simulation of anisoplanatic imaging of astronomical telescope through atmospheric turbulence
Author(s): Chaolan He; Mangzuo Shen
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Paper Abstract

Anisoplanatism refers to the fact that the turbulence-induced wavefront distortions for propagation paths from the observed object with even slightly different propagation directions can be considerably different. A numerical simulation method of anisoplanatic imaging through volume atmospheric turbulence has been developed in this paper. The propagation of optical rays through volume turbulence is considered as a process of successive scattering of the light wave by a set of phase screens. We give the calculation method of the optimal configuration for multiple phase screens, and t give the flow chart of the whole simulation process of anisoplantic imaging. Then, the anisoplanatic degradation as a function of the separated angle as seen from the receiving aperture of telescope for various numbers of phase screens and different aperture diameters is analyzed. The analyses of the simulation data show that three phase screens is adequate to the representation of the effect of volume turbulence. The simulation method presented here is applicable to a wide range of parameters of telescope imaging system and atmospheric turbulence.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 August 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8196, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2011: Space Exploration Technologies and Applications, 819621 (15 August 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.902261
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Chaolan He, The Institute of Optics and Electronics (China)
Graduate School of the CAS (China)
Mangzuo Shen, The Institute of Optics and Electronics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8196:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2011: Space Exploration Technologies and Applications
John C. Zarnecki; Carl A. Nardell; Rong Shu; Jianfeng Yang; Yunhua Zhang, Editor(s)

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