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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3245–3254

Wind profiling based on the optical beam intensity statistics in a turbulent atmosphere

Victor A. Banakh and Dimitrii A. Marakasov  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 10, pp. 3245-3254 (2007)

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Reconstruction of the wind profile from the statistics of intensity fluctuations of an optical beam propagating in a turbulent atmosphere is considered. The equations for the spatiotemporal correlation function and the spectrum of weak intensity fluctuations of a Gaussian beam are obtained. The algorithms of wind profile retrieval from the spatiotemporal intensity spectrum are described and the results of end-to-end computer experiments on wind profiling based on the developed algorithms are presented. It is shown that the developed algorithms allow retrieval of the wind profile from the turbulent optical beam intensity fluctuations with acceptable accuracy in many practically feasible laser measurements set up in the atmosphere.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors
(280.7250) Remote sensing and sensors : Velocimetry

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: February 26, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 1, 2007
Published: September 19, 2007

Victor A. Banakh and Dimitrii A. Marakasov, "Wind profiling based on the optical beam intensity statistics in a turbulent atmosphere," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 3245-3254 (2007)

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