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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • 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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.20.000514


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Abstract

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.

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

Citation
Steven F. Clifford and Stephen Wandzura, "Monostatic heterodyne lidar performance: the effect of the turbulent atmosphere," Appl. Opt. 20, 514-516 (1981)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-20-3-514


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