The statistical properties of a wave emitted by an incoherent source with a sharp edge embedded in a turbulent medium are examined by use of the path-integral formulation for weak- and strong-scintillation conditions. The asymptotic analysis of the problem is discussed in detail, and the energy conservation principle for instantaneous field realization is derived from the path-integral formulation. It is shown that the wave from the model infinite incoherent source with a sharp edge reveals no amplitude fluctuations but only phase fluctuations for an arbitrary turbulence level.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 17, 1995
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 1995
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 1995
Published: May 1, 1996
Mikhail I. Charnotskii, "Turbulence effects on the imaging of an object with a sharp edge: asymptotic technique and aperture-plane statistics," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 13, 1094-1105 (1996)