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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 2002
  • pp: 7612–7619

Image transfer through cirrus clouds. II. Wave-front segmentation and imaging

Barbara T. Landesman and Charles L. Matson  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 36, pp. 7612-7619 (2002)

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A hybrid technique to simulate the imaging of space-based objects through cirrus clouds is presented. The method makes use of standard Huygens–Fresnel propagation beyond the cloud boundary and a novel vector trace approach within the cloud. At the top of the cloud, the wave front is divided into an array of input gradient vectors, which are in turn transmitted through the cloud model by use of the Coherent Illumination Ray Trace and Imaging Software for Cirrus. At the bottom of the cloud, the output vector distribution is used to reconstruct a wave front that continues propagating to the ground receiver. Images of the object as seen through cirrus clouds with different optical depths are compared with a diffraction-limited image. Turbulence effects from the atmospheric propagation are not included.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(100.3020) Image processing : Image reconstruction-restoration
(280.1310) Remote sensing and sensors : Atmospheric scattering
(290.1090) Scattering : Aerosol and cloud effects
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

Original Manuscript: February 4, 2002
Revised Manuscript: September 23, 2002
Published: December 20, 2002

Barbara T. Landesman and Charles L. Matson, "Image transfer through cirrus clouds. II. Wave-front segmentation and imaging," Appl. Opt. 41, 7612-7619 (2002)

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