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Atmospheric Effects On Optical Coherence
Author(s): Richard F. Lutomirski
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Paper Abstract

This paper reviews the physical mechanisms by which atmospheric turbulence and aerosols induce temporal and spatial variations in the amplitude and phase of an optical wave. Using simple models for the interaction between light and the atmospheric constituents, it estimates the magnitude of such variations for typical atmospheric paths. Finally, the paper discusses the relevance of the coherence degradations to specific electro-optical applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 1979
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0194, Applications of Optical Coherence, (25 October 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957914
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Richard F. Lutomirski, Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0194:
Applications of Optical Coherence
William H. Carter, Editor(s)

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