A two-point, joint-probability-density function for the intensity of a laser-generated speckle field after propagation through turbulence is developed by using the method of compound distributions. The parameters of the joint-density function are derived in terms of the path length, strength of turbulence, wave number, beam size, and degree of focus. Closed-form expressions for some of the joint moments of the intensity are developed and compared with experimental data. Good agreement is obtained.
© 1990 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 16, 1988
Revised Manuscript: January 3, 1990
Manuscript Accepted: January 16, 1990
Published: June 1, 1990
V. S. Rao Gudimetla, J. Fred Holmes, and Richard A. Elliott, "Two-point joint-density function of the intensity for a laser-generated speckle field after propagation through the turbulent atmosphere," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 7, 1008-1014 (1990)