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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 2000
  • pp: 393–397

Simulation of laser propagation in a turbulent atmosphere

Rod Frehlich  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 3, pp. 393-397 (2000)

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The split-step Fourier-transform algorithm for numerical simulation of wave propagation in a turbulent atmosphere is refined to correctly include the effects of large-scale phase fluctuations that are important for imaging problems and many beam-wave problems such as focused laser beams and beam spreading. The results of the improved algorithm are similar to the results of the traditional algorithm for the performance of coherent Doppler lidar and for plane-wave intensity statistics because the effects of large-scale turbulence are less important. The series solution for coherent Doppler lidar performance converges slowly to the results from simulation.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

Original Manuscript: June 15, 1999
Revised Manuscript: October 29, 1999
Published: January 20, 2000

Rod Frehlich, "Simulation of laser propagation in a turbulent atmosphere," Appl. Opt. 39, 393-397 (2000)

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