Laser Radar in Turbulent Atmosphere: Effect of Target with Arbitrary Roughness on 2nd and 4th Order Statistics of Gaussian beam

O. Korotkova, L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips

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Analytic expressions for the mutual coherence function and the scintillation index of the lowest order Gaussian beam as a function of target roughness are developed for a bistatic configuration in weak and strong atmospheric turbulence. Results are based on Rytov theory and Kolmogorov spectrum model. The surface roughness is modeled by a thin complex phase screen with a Gaussian spectrum. The limiting cases of perfectly smooth and Lambertian targets are deduced. The particular cases of incident spherical and plane waves are also considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-183
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Nov 26 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventLaser Radar Technology and Applications VIII - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 22 2003Apr 25 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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