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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 17, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1978
  • pp: 1280–1285

Coherence of a light beam through an optically dense turbid layer

D. A. de Wolf  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 17, Issue 8, pp. 1280-1285 (1978)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.17.001280


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Abstract

A light beam propagating through a turbid medium (e.g., aerosol) can be severely attenuated by scattering losses and still retain coherence over distances comparable to particle diameters. An expression for the two-detector mutual-coherence function is rederived by means of approximations clarified by a physical model. Its spatial and temporal properties are further examined by means of a simplified physical aerosol model leading to tractable mathematical analysis.

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History
Original Manuscript: September 29, 1977
Published: April 15, 1978

Citation
D. A. de Wolf, "Coherence of a light beam through an optically dense turbid layer," Appl. Opt. 17, 1280-1285 (1978)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-17-8-1280


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