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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 1981
  • pp: 514–516

Monostatic heterodyne lidar performance: the effect of the turbulent atmosphere

Steven F. Clifford and Stephen Wandzura  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 514-516 (1981)

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The reduction in the SNR of a monostatic heterodyne lidar because of the presence of atmospheric refractive turbulence in the medium intervening between the lidar and the target was calculated. We find previous approximations made to perform the calculation, namely, independent refractive turbulence on outward bound and return paths and a quadratic form for the wave structure function, to be erroneous. An exact calculation shows that previous results overestimated signal degradation.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: July 10, 1980
Published: February 1, 1981

Steven F. Clifford and Stephen Wandzura, "Monostatic heterodyne lidar performance: the effect of the turbulent atmosphere," Appl. Opt. 20, 514-516 (1981)

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