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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 38, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 1999
  • pp: 2342–2345

Measurement of the spatial coherence of light influenced by turbulence

Hiroshi Okayama and Li-Zhong Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 12, pp. 2342-2345 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.002342


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Abstract

To evaluate the Earth’s surface with a sensor on a satellite, it is important for one to use a correction factor such as atmospheric turbulence. The spatial coherence of light influenced by turbulence was measured in the laboratory by use of a simulator equipped with a multiple reflection system. The turbulence was generated by changing the ambient temperatures from 32 to 48 °C. It was found that the spatial coherence of light that passed through the turbulent region decreased when the temperature increased. Double-slit interference fringes were analyzed by a photographic method. The visibility of the interference fringes is the degree of coherence.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.7060) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Turbulence
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.7060) Coherence and statistical optics : Turbulence

History
Original Manuscript: March 13, 1998
Revised Manuscript: September 9, 1998
Published: April 20, 1999

Citation
Hiroshi Okayama and Li-Zhong Wang, "Measurement of the spatial coherence of light influenced by turbulence," Appl. Opt. 38, 2342-2345 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-12-2342

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