LIDAR systems operating in the presence of oceanic turbulence

Olga Korotkova

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Oceanic turbulence may be detrimental for optical signals in short-link communication and sensing systems, and, in particular, LIDARs. To characterize light propagation for LIDARs we first establish 4 × 4 matrix framework applicable for general ABCD optical systems, a wide variety of optical waves, including partially coherent and partially polarized, and a variety of targets. We then adopt this approach for situations in which a target embedded in the turbulent oceanic layer is to be sensed by a bi-static LIDAR. Under some conditions the monostatic transmission links may also exhibit the Enhanced BackScatter (EBS) effect, due to phase conjugation of incident and return waves. We will brie y discuss the appearance of the EBS in the oceanic turbulence. Our treatment of the oceanic fluctuations is based on the well-known temperature-salinity based power spectrum of the refractive-index and the Huygens-Fresnel integral propagation method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOcean Sensing and Monitoring XI
EditorsWeilin Hou, Robert A. Arnone
ISBN (Electronic)9781510626935
StatePublished - 2019
EventOcean Sensing and Monitoring XI 2019 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Apr 16 2019Apr 17 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceOcean Sensing and Monitoring XI 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Enhanced BackScattering
  • Oceanic turbulence
  • power spectrum

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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