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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2012
  • pp: 711–721

Common omissions and misconceptions of wave propagation in turbulence: discussion

Mikhail Charnotskii  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 5, pp. 711-721 (2012)

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This review paper addresses typical mistakes and omissions that involve theoretical research and modeling of optical propagation through atmospheric turbulence. We discuss the disregard of some general properties of narrow-angle propagation in refractive random media, the careless use of simplified models of turbulence, and omissions in the calculations of the second moment of the propagating wave. We also review some misconceptions regarding short-exposure imaging, propagation of polarized waves, and calculations of the scintillation index of the beam waves.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(030.7060) Coherence and statistical optics : Turbulence
(110.4850) Imaging systems : Optical transfer functions
(110.0115) Imaging systems : Imaging through turbulent media

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: November 10, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 31, 2012
Published: April 18, 2012

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Mikhail Charnotskii, "Common omissions and misconceptions of wave propagation in turbulence: discussion," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 711-721 (2012)

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