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Scintillation in moderate to strong optical turbulence along a slant path
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Scintillation is one of the most common statistics in the literature of mathematical modeling of laser propagation through random media. One approach to estimating scintillation is through the Rytov approximation, which is limited to weak atmospheric turbulence with the standard Kolmogorov spectrum. Recently, a modification to the Rytov approximation was developed. Through a filter function approach, the new results for scintillation are valid for moderate to strong fluctuations along a horizontal path. To date, expressions governing scintillation for plane, spherical, and Gaussian beam waves has been developed for horizontal propagation paths. For the special cases of plane and spherical waves, expressions have been developed for slant paths. In this paper, an expression governing scintillation of a Gaussian beam along an uplink slant path valid in all regimes of turbulence is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5793, Atmospheric Propagation II, (25 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.602576
Show Author Affiliations
Fredrick E. Thomas, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Cynthia Y. Young, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5793:
Atmospheric Propagation II
Cynthia Y. Young; G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Editor(s)

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