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Anisoplanatic image propagation along a slanted path under lower atmosphere phase turbulence in the presence of encrypted chaos
Author(s): Monish R. Chatterjee; Ali A. Mohamed
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Paper Abstract

In recent research, anisoplanatic electromagnetic (EM) wave propagation along a slanted path in the presence of low atmosphere phase turbulence (modified von Karman spectrum or MVKS) has been investigated assuming a Hufnagel-Valley (HV) type structure parameter. Preliminary results indicate a strong dependence on the slant angle especially for long range transmission and relatively strong turbulence. The investigation was further divided into two regimes, viz. (a) one where the EM source consisted of a plane wave modulated with a digitized image, which is propagated along the turbulent path and recovered via demodulation at the receiver; and (b) transmit the plane wave without modulation along the turbulent path through an image transparency and a thin lens designed to gather the received image in the focal plane. In this paper, we reexamine the same problem (part (a) only) in the presence of a chaotic optical carrier where the chaos is generated in the feedback loop of an acousto-optic Bragg cell. The image information is encrypted within the chaos wave, and subsequently propagated along a similar slant path and identical turbulence conditions. The recovered image extracted via heterodyning from the received chaos is compared quantitatively (through image cross-correlations and mean-squared error measures) for the non-chaotic versus the chaotic approaches. Generally, “packaging” the information in chaos improves performance through turbulent propagation, and results are discussed from this perspective. Concurrently, we will also examine the effect of a non-encrypted plane EM wave propagation through a transparency-lens combination. These results are also presented with appropriate comparisons with the cases involving lensless transmission of imagery through corresponding turbulent and non-turbulent layers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2017
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 10204, Long-Range Imaging II, 102040G (1 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2269131
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Monish R. Chatterjee, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Ali A. Mohamed, Univ. of Dayton (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10204:
Long-Range Imaging II
Eric J. Kelmelis, Editor(s)

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