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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1738–1745

Analysis of optical waves propagating through moderate-to-strong non-Kolmogorov turbulence

Linyan Cui, Bindang Xue, and Xiaoguang Cao  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 9, pp. 1738-1745 (2013)

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The turbulence effect models derived with the Rytov theory method cannot be applied in the analysis of moderate-to-strong non-Kolmogorov turbulence. In this work, new expressions of the temporal power spectra of irradiance fluctuations are derived theoretically for optical waves propagating through moderate-to-strong non-Kolmogorov turbulence. They are developed under Andrews’ assumption that small-scale irradiance fluctuations are modulated by large-scale irradiance fluctuations of the optical wave. A wide range of turbulence strength is considered instead of a limited range for weak non-Kolmogorov turbulence. These expressions have general spectral power law values in the range 3 to 4 instead of the standard power law value of 11/3 for Kolmogorov turbulence. Calculations are performed to analyze turbulence strength and turbulence spectral power law’s variations on the final expressions.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: April 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 6, 2013
Published: August 5, 2013

Linyan Cui, Bindang Xue, and Xiaoguang Cao, "Analysis of optical waves propagating through moderate-to-strong non-Kolmogorov turbulence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 1738-1745 (2013)

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