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  • Vol. 58, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1968
  • pp: 57–59

Validity of Ray-Optics Calculations in a Turbulent Atmosphere

LEONARD S. TAYLOR  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 58, Issue 1, pp. 57-59 (1968)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.58.000057


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Abstract

The restrictions on the applicability of ray optics in the turbulent atmosphere are investigated. Within the single-scatter approximation, the requirement that amplitude fluctuations have negligible effect compared to phase fluctuations leads to the condition linner11/3louter1/32>>(L/27)2 where linner, louter are the inner and outer turbulence scales and L is the range. This criterion is a considerable relaxation of the criterion which has been employed (linner2/λ>>L).

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LEONARD S. TAYLOR, "Validity of Ray-Optics Calculations in a Turbulent Atmosphere," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 57-59 (1968)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-58-1-57

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