Abstract

The restrictions on the applicability of ray optics in the turbulent atmosphere are investigated. Within the single-scatter approximation, the requirement that amplitude fluctuations have negligible effect compared to phase fluctuations leads to the condition linner11/3louter1/32≫(L/27)2 where linner, louter are the inner and outer turbulence scales and L is the range. This criterion is a considerable relaxation of the criterion which has been employed (linner2/λ≫L).

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