A general form for the distribution of intensity in a medium with a random index of refraction is derived. From it, one can see why the K distribution is phenomenologically useful but also that it requires corrections.
© 1984 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 22, 1983
Manuscript Accepted: January 31, 1984
Published: April 1, 1984
Roger Dashen, "Distribution of intensity in a multiply scattering medium," Opt. Lett. 9, 110-112 (1984)