Accession Number : AD0770578

Title :   A Physical Model for Strong Optical Amplitude Fluctuations in a Turbulent Medium,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Yura,Hal T.

Report Date : 15 OCT 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : In the paper a heuristic derivation of the amplitude statistics of a plane wave propagating in a turbulent medium is given. The results are based on a generalization of Tatarskii's geometrical optics model of amplotude fluctuations. For this reason, the results given are to be regarded as an order of magnitude estimate, rather than a rigorous quantitative derivation. The purpose here is to correctly describe the physical optic effects rather than be mathematically rigourous, hence, all multiplicative factors of the order unity are neglected. As is shown, good qualitative agreement with experimental measurements of amplitude statistics is obtained for both variance and covariance measurements.

Descriptors :   *Light transmission, *Turbulence, Coherent radiation, Correlation techniques, Estimates, Plane waves

Subject Categories : Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE