A phenomenological model is developed for the strength and spatial width of the coherent intensity peak of backscatter produced by reciprocal path scattering through atmospheric turbulence. The model is applied to a ground-based, monostatic laser radar tracking a space target under the condition of optical atmospheric turbulence saturation.
© 1997 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 31, 1996
Revised Manuscript: January 23, 1997
Published: August 20, 1997
Robert A. Murphy and Ronald L. Phillips, "Reciprocal path-scattering effects for a ground-based, monostatic laser radar tracking a space target through turbulence," Appl. Opt. 36, 5996-6004 (1997)