Abstract

We have shown that path-averaged rain rates can be obtained from the raindrop-induced amplitude scintillations of a divergent laser beam (spherical wave case). We found that the rain rate obtained from a divergent beam is less sensitive to drop-size distribution than that from a collimated beam. However, the path-weighting function is heavily weighted toward the receiving end in the spherical wave case, whereas in the plane wave case, it is almost uniformly weighted along the optical path. The theory was confirmed by observations on two optical paths, one using a collimated beam on a 200-m path, the other using a divergent beam on a 1000-m path. The results for the longer path show a saturation effect for rain rates higher than 12 mm/h.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

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