A simple model for the propagation of laser beams in a turbulent atmosphere is presented. Closed analytical expressions, suitable for system research and real-time analysis of field experiments, are obtained for the probability of the intercepted power to exceed a certain threshold level. A hierarchy of approximations is described and the validity range of each is discussed.
© 1982 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 11, 1982
Published: July 1, 1982
U. Halavee, M. Tamir, and E. Azoulay, "Laser beam power fade induced by system and atmospheric effects," Appl. Opt. 21, 2432-2435 (1982)