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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2008
  • pp: 231–237

The copula: a tool for simulating speckle dynamics

Donald D. Duncan and Sean J. Kirkpatrick  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 231-237 (2008)

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Use of a copula for generating a sequence of correlated speckle patterns is introduced. The chief characteristic of this algorithm is that it generates a continuous speckle sequence with a specified evolution of the correlation and does so with just two arrays of random numbers. Thus, physically realistic temporally varying speckle patterns with proper first- and second-order statistics are easily realized. We illustrate use of the algorithm for generating sequences with prescribed Gaussian, exponential, and equal-interval correlations and demonstrate how correlation times can be specified independently. This approach to generating sequences of random realizations with prescribed correlations should prove useful in modeling such phenomena as dynamic light scatter, flow-dependent laser speckle contrast, and propagation of spatial coherence.

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OCIS Codes
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography
(110.6150) Imaging systems : Speckle imaging
(120.6150) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Speckle imaging
(300.6480) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, speckle

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: August 21, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 26, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 6, 2007
Published: December 20, 2007

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Donald D. Duncan and Sean J. Kirkpatrick, "The copula: a tool for simulating speckle dynamics," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 231-237 (2008)

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