OSA's Digital Library

Journal of the Optical Society of America

Journal of the Optical Society of America

  • Vol. 68, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1978
  • pp: 175–185

Atmospheric propagation of partially coherent radiation

J. Carl Leader  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 68, Issue 2, pp. 175-185 (1978)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.68.000175


View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (1289 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

An extended, Rayleigh-Sommerfeld integral method is used to derive expressions for the mutual coherence function and radiation intensity derived from a planar, partially coherent source propagating through the atmosphere. The derived results reduce to previous results for (i) coherent radiation propagation in the atmosphere and (ii) the relations relating the far-field intensity angular distribution and the source coherence for a partially coherent source in vacuo. A mathematical description of the predicted results in terms of the vacuum distribution and scattering functions (related to the Fourier-transformed two-source mutual coherence function) is permitted by this development. Analytical results are calculated for a homogeneous atmosphere and a source coherence that simulates a laser-illuminated rough surface. The effective far-field range is determined by the source size, wavelength, and source coherence length. The phase of the calculated mutual coherence function is determined by the field-point separation for off-axial propagation directions. Numerical results for the amplitude and phase coherence lengths are calculated and illustrated as a function of the source size, source coherence length, propagation angle, range, and refractive-index structure constant.

© 1978 Optical Society of America

Citation
J. Carl Leader, "Atmospheric propagation of partially coherent radiation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 175-185 (1978)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-68-2-175

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited