A comparatively simple way to generate time series of atmospherically distorted wave fronts is described and tested. Temporal power spectra of Zernike aberrations, extracted from the time series, agree very well with theoretical predictions. A method for generation of longer time series is also shown to give results in accordance with theory, except for the lowest temporal frequencies modeled. A way to superimpose several time series of wave fronts to generate a multilayer model of the atmosphere is briefly discussed.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 22, 1995
Revised Manuscript: October 31, 1995
Published: March 20, 1996
Hans Jakobsson, "Simulations of time series of atmospherically distorted wave fronts," Appl. Opt. 35, 1561-1565 (1996)