Abstract

The lognormal (LN) and gamma-gamma (GG) distributions are compared to simulated and experimental data of the irradiance fluctuations of a Gaussian beam wave propagating through the atmosphere along a horizontal path, near the ground, in the moderate-to-strong turbulence regime. Irradiance data were collected simultaneously at three receiving apertures of different sizes. Atmospheric parameters were inferred from the measurements and scintillation theory and were used to develop the parameters for the theoretical probability density functions. Numerical simulations were produced with the same Cn2 value as the experimental data. Aperture-averaging effects were investigated by comparing the irradiance distributions for the three apertures at two different values of the structure parameter Cn2, and, hence, different values of the coherence radius ρ0. For the moderate-to-strong fluctuation regime, the GG distribution provides a good fit to the irradiance fluctuations collected by finite-sized apertures that are significantly smaller than ρ0. For apertures larger than or equal to ρ0, the irradiance fluctuations appear to be LN distributed.

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2001

M. A. Al-Habash, L. C. Andrews, and R. L. Phillips, "Mathematical model for the irradiance PDF of a laser beam propagating through turbulent media," Opt. Eng. 40, 1554-1562 (2001).
[CrossRef]

A. D. Wheelon, "Skewed distribution of irradiance predicted by second-order Rytov approximation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 2789-2798 (2001).

L. C. Andrews, M. A. Al-Habash, C. Y. Hopen, and R. L. Phillips, "Theory of optical scintillation: Gaussian-beam wave model," Waves Random Media 11, 271-291 (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, and C. Y. Hopen, "Aperture averaging of optical scintillations: power fluctuations and temporal spectrum," Waves Random Media 10, 53-70 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999

1997

1994

1992

R. G. Lane, A. Glindemann, and J. C. Dainty, "Simulation of a Kolmogorov phase screen," Waves Random Media 2, 209-224 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1991

1989

1987

1986

1985

1983

D. J. Lewinski, "Nonstationary probabilistic target and clutter scattering models," IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. AP-31, 490-498 (1983).
[CrossRef]

1980

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[CrossRef]

1979

1978

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[CrossRef]

1975

J. W. Strohbehn, T.-I. Wang, and J. P. Speck, "On the probability density distribution of line-of-sight fluctuations of optical signals," Radio Sci. 10, 59-70 (1975).

Al-Habash, M. A.

M. A. Al-Habash, L. C. Andrews, and R. L. Phillips, "Mathematical model for the irradiance PDF of a laser beam propagating through turbulent media," Opt. Eng. 40, 1554-1562 (2001).
[CrossRef]

L. C. Andrews, M. A. Al-Habash, C. Y. Hopen, and R. L. Phillips, "Theory of optical scintillation: Gaussian-beam wave model," Waves Random Media 11, 271-291 (2001).
[CrossRef]

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, C. Y. Hopen, and M. A. Al-Habash, "Theory of optical scintillation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 1417-1429 (1999).

Andrews, L.

Andrews, L. C.

L. C. Andrews, M. A. Al-Habash, C. Y. Hopen, and R. L. Phillips, "Theory of optical scintillation: Gaussian-beam wave model," Waves Random Media 11, 271-291 (2001).
[CrossRef]

M. A. Al-Habash, L. C. Andrews, and R. L. Phillips, "Mathematical model for the irradiance PDF of a laser beam propagating through turbulent media," Opt. Eng. 40, 1554-1562 (2001).
[CrossRef]

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, and C. Y. Hopen, "Aperture averaging of optical scintillations: power fluctuations and temporal spectrum," Waves Random Media 10, 53-70 (2000).
[CrossRef]

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, C. Y. Hopen, and M. A. Al-Habash, "Theory of optical scintillation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 1417-1429 (1999).

L. C. Andrews and R. L. Phillips, "Mathematical genesis of the I-K-distribution for random optical fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 3, 1912-1919 (1986).

L. C. Andrews and R. L. Phillips, "I-K-distribution as a universal propagation model of laser beams in atmospheric turbulence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 2, 160-163 (1985).

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, and C. Y. Hopen, Laser Beam Scintillation with Applications (SPIE Optical Engineering Press, 2001).

Appelbaum, G.

Azar, Z.

Azoulay, E.

Baker, G. J.

Bracher, C.

Churnside, J. H.

Clare, B.

Clifford, S. F.

Comerón, A.

Corbett, K.

Dainty, J. C.

R. G. Lane, A. Glindemann, and J. C. Dainty, "Simulation of a Kolmogorov phase screen," Waves Random Media 2, 209-224 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Diament, P.

Dios, F.

J. Recolons and F. Dios, "Accurate calculation of phase screens for the modeling of laser beam propagation through atmospheric turbulence," in Proc. SPIE 5891, 51-62 (2005).

F. Dios, J. A. Rubio, A. Rodríguez, and A. Comerón, "Scintillation and beam-wander analysis in an optical ground station-satellite uplink," Appl. Opt. 43, 3866-3873 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Flatté, S. M.

Frehlich, R. G.

Glindemann, A.

R. G. Lane, A. Glindemann, and J. C. Dainty, "Simulation of a Kolmogorov phase screen," Waves Random Media 2, 209-224 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Grant, K.

Halavee, U.

Hill, R. J.

Hopen, C. Y.

L. C. Andrews, M. A. Al-Habash, C. Y. Hopen, and R. L. Phillips, "Theory of optical scintillation: Gaussian-beam wave model," Waves Random Media 11, 271-291 (2001).
[CrossRef]

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, and C. Y. Hopen, "Aperture averaging of optical scintillations: power fluctuations and temporal spectrum," Waves Random Media 10, 53-70 (2000).
[CrossRef]

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, C. Y. Hopen, and M. A. Al-Habash, "Theory of optical scintillation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 1417-1429 (1999).

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, and C. Y. Hopen, Laser Beam Scintillation with Applications (SPIE Optical Engineering Press, 2001).

Jakeman, E.

E. Jakeman, "On the statistics of K-distributed noise," J. Phys. A 13, 31-48 (1980).
[CrossRef]

E. Jakeman and P. N. Pusey, "The significance of K-distributions in scattering experiments," Phys. Rev. Lett. 40, 546-550 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Lane, R. G.

R. G. Lane, A. Glindemann, and J. C. Dainty, "Simulation of a Kolmogorov phase screen," Waves Random Media 2, 209-224 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Lewinski, D. J.

D. J. Lewinski, "Nonstationary probabilistic target and clutter scattering models," IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. AP-31, 490-498 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Loebenstein, H. M.

Parry, G.

Phillips, R. L.

M. A. Al-Habash, L. C. Andrews, and R. L. Phillips, "Mathematical model for the irradiance PDF of a laser beam propagating through turbulent media," Opt. Eng. 40, 1554-1562 (2001).
[CrossRef]

L. C. Andrews, M. A. Al-Habash, C. Y. Hopen, and R. L. Phillips, "Theory of optical scintillation: Gaussian-beam wave model," Waves Random Media 11, 271-291 (2001).
[CrossRef]

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, and C. Y. Hopen, "Aperture averaging of optical scintillations: power fluctuations and temporal spectrum," Waves Random Media 10, 53-70 (2000).
[CrossRef]

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, C. Y. Hopen, and M. A. Al-Habash, "Theory of optical scintillation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 1417-1429 (1999).

L. C. Andrews and R. L. Phillips, "Mathematical genesis of the I-K-distribution for random optical fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 3, 1912-1919 (1986).

L. C. Andrews and R. L. Phillips, "I-K-distribution as a universal propagation model of laser beams in atmospheric turbulence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 2, 160-163 (1985).

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, and C. Y. Hopen, Laser Beam Scintillation with Applications (SPIE Optical Engineering Press, 2001).

Pusey, P. N.

G. Parry and P. N. Pusey, "K distributions in atmospheric propagation of laser light," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 69, 796-798 (1979).

E. Jakeman and P. N. Pusey, "The significance of K-distributions in scattering experiments," Phys. Rev. Lett. 40, 546-550 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Recolons, J.

J. Recolons and F. Dios, "Accurate calculation of phase screens for the modeling of laser beam propagation through atmospheric turbulence," in Proc. SPIE 5891, 51-62 (2005).

Rodríguez, A.

Rubio, J. A.

Speck, J. P.

J. W. Strohbehn, T.-I. Wang, and J. P. Speck, "On the probability density distribution of line-of-sight fluctuations of optical signals," Radio Sci. 10, 59-70 (1975).

Strohbehn, J. W.

J. W. Strohbehn, T.-I. Wang, and J. P. Speck, "On the probability density distribution of line-of-sight fluctuations of optical signals," Radio Sci. 10, 59-70 (1975).

J. W. Strohbehn, "Modern theories in the propagation of optical waves in a turbulent medium," in Laser Beam Propagation in the Atmosphere, J. W. Strohbehn, ed. (Springer-Verlag, 1978), pp. 97-104.

Tamir, M.

Tatarskii, V. I.

V. I. Tatarskii, The Effects of Turbulent Atmosphere on Wave Propagation (National Technical Information Office, 1971), p. 292.

Teich, M. C.

Tur, M.

Vetelino, F. Strömqvist

Wang, G.-Yu

Wang, T.-I.

J. W. Strohbehn, T.-I. Wang, and J. P. Speck, "On the probability density distribution of line-of-sight fluctuations of optical signals," Radio Sci. 10, 59-70 (1975).

Wheelon, A. D.

Young, C.

Appl. Opt.

IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag.

D. J. Lewinski, "Nonstationary probabilistic target and clutter scattering models," IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag. AP-31, 490-498 (1983).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am.

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A

G. J. Baker, "Gaussian beam weak scintillation: low-order turbulence effects and applicability of the Rytov method," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 395-417 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. D. Wheelon, "Skewed distribution of irradiance predicted by second-order Rytov approximation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 2789-2798 (2001).

S. M. Flatté, C. Bracher, and G.-Yu Wang, "Probability-density functions of irradiance for waves in atmospheric turbulence calculated by numerical simulations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 11, 2080-2092 (1994).

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, C. Y. Hopen, and M. A. Al-Habash, "Theory of optical scintillation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 1417-1429 (1999).

R. J. Hill and R. G. Frehlich, "Probability distribution of irradiance for the onset of strong scintillation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 14, 1530-1540 (1997).

L. C. Andrews and R. L. Phillips, "I-K-distribution as a universal propagation model of laser beams in atmospheric turbulence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 2, 160-163 (1985).

L. C. Andrews and R. L. Phillips, "Mathematical genesis of the I-K-distribution for random optical fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 3, 1912-1919 (1986).

J. H. Churnside and R. J. Hill, "Probability density of irradiance scintillations for strong path-integrated refractive turbulence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 4, 727-733 (1987).

J. H. Churnside and S. F. Clifford, "Log-normal Rician probability-density function of optical scintillations in the turbulent atmosphere," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 4, 1923-1930 (1987).

M. C. Teich and P. Diament, "Multiply stochastic representations for K distributions and their Poisson transforms," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 6, 80-91 (1989).

J. H. Churnside and R. G. Frehlich, "Experimental evaluation of log-normally modulated Rician and IK models of optical scintillation in the atmosphere," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 6, 1760-1766 (1989).

J. Phys. A

E. Jakeman, "On the statistics of K-distributed noise," J. Phys. A 13, 31-48 (1980).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Eng.

M. A. Al-Habash, L. C. Andrews, and R. L. Phillips, "Mathematical model for the irradiance PDF of a laser beam propagating through turbulent media," Opt. Eng. 40, 1554-1562 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett.

E. Jakeman and P. N. Pusey, "The significance of K-distributions in scattering experiments," Phys. Rev. Lett. 40, 546-550 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Radio Sci.

J. W. Strohbehn, T.-I. Wang, and J. P. Speck, "On the probability density distribution of line-of-sight fluctuations of optical signals," Radio Sci. 10, 59-70 (1975).

Waves Random Media

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, and C. Y. Hopen, "Aperture averaging of optical scintillations: power fluctuations and temporal spectrum," Waves Random Media 10, 53-70 (2000).
[CrossRef]

L. C. Andrews, M. A. Al-Habash, C. Y. Hopen, and R. L. Phillips, "Theory of optical scintillation: Gaussian-beam wave model," Waves Random Media 11, 271-291 (2001).
[CrossRef]

R. G. Lane, A. Glindemann, and J. C. Dainty, "Simulation of a Kolmogorov phase screen," Waves Random Media 2, 209-224 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Other

J. Recolons and F. Dios, "Accurate calculation of phase screens for the modeling of laser beam propagation through atmospheric turbulence," in Proc. SPIE 5891, 51-62 (2005).

"Downhill simplex method in multidimensions," Chap. 10.4 in Numerical Recipes in C: The Art of Scientific Computing (1988-1992), http://www.library.cornell.edu/nr/bookcpdf/c10-4.pdf.

V. I. Tatarskii, The Effects of Turbulent Atmosphere on Wave Propagation (National Technical Information Office, 1971), p. 292.

L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, and C. Y. Hopen, Laser Beam Scintillation with Applications (SPIE Optical Engineering Press, 2001).

J. W. Strohbehn, "Modern theories in the propagation of optical waves in a turbulent medium," in Laser Beam Propagation in the Atmosphere, J. W. Strohbehn, ed. (Springer-Verlag, 1978), pp. 97-104.

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