The effects of refractive turbulence on ground-based verification of the far-field performance of coherent Doppler lidar are determined with numerical simulation and compared with the first-order terms of a theoretical expansion. The collimated small-beam far-field test has better performance than the focused-beam test. For typical ground-based conditions, higher-order terms of the theoretical expansion are required for convergence.
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(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
Rod Frehlich, "Effects of Refractive Turbulence on Ground-Based Verification of Coherent Doppler Lidar Performance," Appl. Opt. 39, 4237-4246 (2000)