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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1342–1349

Hydrodynamics of the turbulent point-spread function

Guy Potvin  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 7, pp. 1342-1349 (2013)

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We derive hydrodynamic equations for the point-spread function of an imaging system looking through atmospheric turbulence at an incoherent object. These are derived from the hydrodynamics of the index of refraction of the air. We use the path integral representation of the paraxial approximation for wave propagation through turbulence. We then study the case of a frozen turbulent refractive index field being advected past the imaging system with a constant wind and discuss the implications for optical flow estimation. We conclude by discussing possible directions for future work.

OCIS Codes
(010.1290) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric optics
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(110.0115) Imaging systems : Imaging through turbulent media

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: October 22, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 23, 2013
Published: June 14, 2013

Guy Potvin, "Hydrodynamics of the turbulent point-spread function," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 1342-1349 (2013)

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