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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 39, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2000
  • pp: 5426–5445

Feasibility study for the simulation of beam propagation: consideration of coherent lidar performance

Aniceto Belmonte  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 30, pp. 5426-5445 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.39.005426


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Abstract

To analyze the effects of atmospheric refractive turbulence on coherent lidar performance in a realistic way it is necessary to consider the use of simulations of beam propagation in three-dimensional random media. The capability of the split-step solution to simulate the propagation phenomena is shown, and the limitations and numerical requirements for a simulation of given accuracy are established. Several analytical theories that describe laser beam spreading, beam wander, coherence diameters, and variance and autocorrelation of the beam intensity are compared with results from simulations. Although the analysis stems from a study of coherent lidar performance, the conclusions of the method are applicable to other areas related to beam propagation in the atmosphere.

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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

History
Original Manuscript: November 15, 1999
Revised Manuscript: May 16, 2000
Published: October 20, 2000

Citation
Aniceto Belmonte, "Feasibility study for the simulation of beam propagation: consideration of coherent lidar performance," Appl. Opt. 39, 5426-5445 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-39-30-5426

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