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New approach to determining signal reduction in an attenuating inhomogeneous atmosphere
Author(s): Henry Berger
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses an aspect of spatially varying dissipative (extinction) and reflective (backscattering) losses that ultimately may allow a relatively quick appraisal of measured data quality, using a new figure of merit q(x), after some limited preprocessing. In order to do this, the paper presents the exact analytical, closed-form, finite solution for the inversion of the classical first-order nonlinear Riccati differential equation (RDE) which relates the reflection coefficient (R) and its derivative (dR/dx) to the otherwise arbitrary profiles of the media parameters [(epsilon) 1(X) equals (epsilon) 1(X) - j(epsilon) 2(X)] in the coefficients of the RDE. This synthesis assumes a deterministic medium which can be accurately represented by the usual media parameters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1968, Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing II, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.154882
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Henry Berger, U.S. Army Space Technology and Research Office (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1968:
Atmospheric Propagation and Remote Sensing II
Anton Kohnle; Walter B. Miller, Editor(s)

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