Abstract

There has long been interest in reducing or circumventing the limitations imposed by atmospheric turbulence on optical imaging systems. Recent studies have shown that irradiance or speckle interferometry, or real-time atmospheric compensation, may be used to regain diffraction-limited performance. In this paper, the relationship between real-time phase compensation and the optimum channel-matched filter compensator is developed, with emphasis on the fundamental limits imposed by the propagation medium. In particular, the effects of uncompensated amplitude fluctuations and finite isoplanatic diameter are evaluated. It is shown that the former does not usually present any limitation on imaging performance, whereas the latter may severely limit the field of view over which diffraction-limited imaging can be realized. Results are presented for both coherently and incoherently illuminated objects.

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  3. P. H. Deitz and F. P. Carlson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 63, 274 (1973).
  4. P. H. Deitz, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 279 (1975).
  5. M. Greenebaum, "The Residual Effects of Atmospheric Turbulence on a Class of Holographic Imaging and Correlography Systems," presented at the OSA Topical Meeting on Optical Propagation through Turbulence, Boulder, Colo., July 1974.
  6. A. Labeyrie, Astron. Astrophys. 6, 85 (1970).
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  8. D. Korff, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 63, 971 (1973).
  9. Recent studies indicate that with more complicated processing the object phase information that is lacking in the correlation function may also be retrieved, c.f., K. T. Knox and B. J. Thompson, Astrophys. J. 193, L45 (1974); P. H. Deitz and F. P. Carlson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 11 (1974).
  10. R. A. Muller and A. Buffington, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 1200 (1974).
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  13. J. H. Shapiro, IEEE Trans. Commun. Tech., COM-19, 410 (1971).
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  16. V. N. Mahajan, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 271 (1975).
  17. F. J. Dyson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 551 (1975).
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  19. J. C. Wyant, "Active Wavefront Compensation for Astronomical Applications," presented at the Topical Meeting on Imaging in Astronomy, Cambridge, Mass., June 1975.
  20. J. H. Shapiro, Appl. Opt. 13, 2609 (1974).
  21. In other words, we shall assume a uniform turbulence-strength distribution along the propagation path.
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  23. R. F. Lutomirski and H. T. Yura, Appl. Opt. 10, 1652 (1971).
  24. H. T. Yura, Appl. Opt. 11, 1399 (1972).
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  32. We assume the atmosphere is ergodic, i.e., time averages equal ensemble averages.
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  35. This result also applies to nonuniform turbulence within the region of validity of Rytov's method.
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  41. By quasimonochromatic we mean that Δλ/λ is small enough to ensure that the atmospheric log-amplitude and phase perturbations are completely correlated across the wavelength band of the source, c.f., D. L. Fried, Appl. Opt. 10, 721 (1971).

1976

Bridges, W. B.

W. B. Bridges, P. T. Brunner, S. P. Lazzara, T. A. Nussmeier, T. R. O'Meara, J. A. Sanguinet, and W. P. Brown, Jr., Appl. Opt. 13, 291 (1974).

Brown, Jr., W. P.

W. B. Bridges, P. T. Brunner, S. P. Lazzara, T. A. Nussmeier, T. R. O'Meara, J. A. Sanguinet, and W. P. Brown, Jr., Appl. Opt. 13, 291 (1974).

Brunner, P. T.

W. B. Bridges, P. T. Brunner, S. P. Lazzara, T. A. Nussmeier, T. R. O'Meara, J. A. Sanguinet, and W. P. Brown, Jr., Appl. Opt. 13, 291 (1974).

Buffington, A.

R. A. Muller and A. Buffington, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 1200 (1974).

Bufton, J. L.

J. L. Bufton, P. O. Minott, M. W. Fitzmaurice, and P. J. Titterton, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 1068 (1972).

Carlson, F. P.

P. H. Deitz and F. P. Carlson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 63, 274 (1973).

Cathey, W. T.

W. T. Cathey, C. L. Hayes, W. C. Davis, and V. F. Pizzuro, Appl. Opt. 9, 701 (1970).

Davis, W. C.

W. T. Cathey, C. L. Hayes, W. C. Davis, and V. F. Pizzuro, Appl. Opt. 9, 701 (1970).

Deitz, P. H.

P. H. Deitz and F. P. Carlson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 63, 274 (1973).

P. H. Deitz, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 279 (1975).

Dyson, F. J.

F. J. Dyson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 551 (1975).

Fante, R. L.

R. L. Fante, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 592 (1974).

R. L. Fante and J. L. Poirier, Appl. Opt. 12, 2247 (1973).

R. L. Fante, Proc. IEEE 63, 1669 (1975).

Feinleib, J.

J. W. Hardy, J. Feinleib, and J. C. Wyant, "Real-Time Phase Correction of Optical Imaging Systems," presented at the OSA Topical Meeting on Optical Propagation through Turbulence, Boulder, Colo., July 1974.

Fitzmaurice, M. W.

J. L. Bufton, P. O. Minott, M. W. Fitzmaurice, and P. J. Titterton, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 1068 (1972).

Fried, D. L.

D. L. Fried, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 1372 (1966).

D. L. Fried, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1427 (1965).

By quasimonochromatic we mean that Δλ/λ is small enough to ensure that the atmospheric log-amplitude and phase perturbations are completely correlated across the wavelength band of the source, c.f., D. L. Fried, Appl. Opt. 10, 721 (1971).

Gaskill, J. D.

J. D. Gaskill, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 600 (1968).

Gezari, D. Y.

D. Y. Gezari, A. Labeyrie, and R. V. Stachnik, Astrophys. J. 173, L1 (1972).

Goodman, J. W.

J. W. Goodman, Introduction to Fourier Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1968), Chap. 6.

Greenebaum, M.

M. Greenebaum, "The Residual Effects of Atmospheric Turbulence on a Class of Holographic Imaging and Correlography Systems," presented at the OSA Topical Meeting on Optical Propagation through Turbulence, Boulder, Colo., July 1974.

Hardy, J. W.

J. W. Hardy, J. Feinleib, and J. C. Wyant, "Real-Time Phase Correction of Optical Imaging Systems," presented at the OSA Topical Meeting on Optical Propagation through Turbulence, Boulder, Colo., July 1974.

Hayes, C. L.

W. T. Cathey, C. L. Hayes, W. C. Davis, and V. F. Pizzuro, Appl. Opt. 9, 701 (1970).

Hufnagel, R. E.

R. E. Hufnagel and N. R. Stanley, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 52 (1964).

Infosino, C. J.

L. S. Taylor and C. J. Infosino, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 78 (1975).

Knox, K. T.

Recent studies indicate that with more complicated processing the object phase information that is lacking in the correlation function may also be retrieved, c.f., K. T. Knox and B. J. Thompson, Astrophys. J. 193, L45 (1974); P. H. Deitz and F. P. Carlson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 11 (1974).

Korff, D.

D. Korff, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 63, 971 (1973).

Labeyrie, A.

D. Y. Gezari, A. Labeyrie, and R. V. Stachnik, Astrophys. J. 173, L1 (1972).

A. Labeyrie, Astron. Astrophys. 6, 85 (1970).

Lazzara, S. P.

W. B. Bridges, P. T. Brunner, S. P. Lazzara, T. A. Nussmeier, T. R. O'Meara, J. A. Sanguinet, and W. P. Brown, Jr., Appl. Opt. 13, 291 (1974).

Lin, H. S.

H. S. Lin, "Communication Model for the Turbulent Atmosphere," Ph. D. thesis (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, August 1973).

Lutomirski, R. F.

R. F. Lutomirski and H. T. Yura, Appl. Opt. 10, 1652 (1971).

Mahajan, V. N.

V. N. Mahajan, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 271 (1975).

McDowell, G. Q.

G. Q. McDowell, "Pre-Distortion of Local-Oscillator Wave-front for Improved Optical Heterodyne Detection through a Turbulent Atmosphere," Sc. D. thesis (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, M. I. T., Cambridge, Mass., April 1971).

Minott, P. O.

J. L. Bufton, P. O. Minott, M. W. Fitzmaurice, and P. J. Titterton, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 1068 (1972).

Muller, R. A.

R. A. Muller and A. Buffington, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 1200 (1974).

Nussmeier, T. A.

W. B. Bridges, P. T. Brunner, S. P. Lazzara, T. A. Nussmeier, T. R. O'Meara, J. A. Sanguinet, and W. P. Brown, Jr., Appl. Opt. 13, 291 (1974).

O’Meara, T. R.

W. B. Bridges, P. T. Brunner, S. P. Lazzara, T. A. Nussmeier, T. R. O'Meara, J. A. Sanguinet, and W. P. Brown, Jr., Appl. Opt. 13, 291 (1974).

Pizzuro, V. F.

W. T. Cathey, C. L. Hayes, W. C. Davis, and V. F. Pizzuro, Appl. Opt. 9, 701 (1970).

Poirier, J. L.

R. L. Fante and J. L. Poirier, Appl. Opt. 12, 2247 (1973).

Robinson, S. R.

S. R. Robinson, "Spatial Phase Compensation Receivers for Optical Communication," Ph. D. thesis (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, M.I. T., Cambridge, Mass, May 1975).

Sanguinet, J. A.

W. B. Bridges, P. T. Brunner, S. P. Lazzara, T. A. Nussmeier, T. R. O'Meara, J. A. Sanguinet, and W. P. Brown, Jr., Appl. Opt. 13, 291 (1974).

Shapiro, J. H.

J. H. Shapiro, "Diffraction-limited atmospheric imaging of extended objects," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 66, 469 (1976).

J. H. Shapiro, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 65 (1975).

J. H. Shapiro, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 61, 492 (1971).

J. H. Shapiro, Appl. Opt. 13, 2609 (1974).

J. H. Shapiro, Appl. Opt. 13, 2614 (1974).

J. H. Shapiro, IEEE Trans. Commun. Tech., COM-19, 410 (1971).

J. H. Shapiro, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 540A (1974).

Stachnik, R. V.

D. Y. Gezari, A. Labeyrie, and R. V. Stachnik, Astrophys. J. 173, L1 (1972).

Stanley, N. R.

R. E. Hufnagel and N. R. Stanley, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 52 (1964).

Tatarski, V. I.

V. I. Tatarski, Wave Propagation in a Turbulent Medium (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1961).

Taylor, L. S.

L. S. Taylor and C. J. Infosino, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 78 (1975).

Thompson, B. J.

Recent studies indicate that with more complicated processing the object phase information that is lacking in the correlation function may also be retrieved, c.f., K. T. Knox and B. J. Thompson, Astrophys. J. 193, L45 (1974); P. H. Deitz and F. P. Carlson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 11 (1974).

Titterton, P. J.

J. L. Bufton, P. O. Minott, M. W. Fitzmaurice, and P. J. Titterton, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 1068 (1972).

Wyant, J. C.

J. C. Wyant, "Active Wavefront Compensation for Astronomical Applications," presented at the Topical Meeting on Imaging in Astronomy, Cambridge, Mass., June 1975.

J. W. Hardy, J. Feinleib, and J. C. Wyant, "Real-Time Phase Correction of Optical Imaging Systems," presented at the OSA Topical Meeting on Optical Propagation through Turbulence, Boulder, Colo., July 1974.

Yura, H. T.

H. T. Yura, Appl. Opt. 11, 1399 (1972).

R. F. Lutomirski and H. T. Yura, Appl. Opt. 10, 1652 (1971).

J. Opt. Soc. Am.

Other

D. L. Fried, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 1372 (1966).

R. E. Hufnagel and N. R. Stanley, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 52 (1964).

P. H. Deitz and F. P. Carlson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 63, 274 (1973).

P. H. Deitz, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 279 (1975).

M. Greenebaum, "The Residual Effects of Atmospheric Turbulence on a Class of Holographic Imaging and Correlography Systems," presented at the OSA Topical Meeting on Optical Propagation through Turbulence, Boulder, Colo., July 1974.

A. Labeyrie, Astron. Astrophys. 6, 85 (1970).

D. Y. Gezari, A. Labeyrie, and R. V. Stachnik, Astrophys. J. 173, L1 (1972).

D. Korff, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 63, 971 (1973).

Recent studies indicate that with more complicated processing the object phase information that is lacking in the correlation function may also be retrieved, c.f., K. T. Knox and B. J. Thompson, Astrophys. J. 193, L45 (1974); P. H. Deitz and F. P. Carlson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 11 (1974).

R. A. Muller and A. Buffington, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 1200 (1974).

J. W. Hardy, J. Feinleib, and J. C. Wyant, "Real-Time Phase Correction of Optical Imaging Systems," presented at the OSA Topical Meeting on Optical Propagation through Turbulence, Boulder, Colo., July 1974.

W. T. Cathey, C. L. Hayes, W. C. Davis, and V. F. Pizzuro, Appl. Opt. 9, 701 (1970).

J. H. Shapiro, IEEE Trans. Commun. Tech., COM-19, 410 (1971).

G. Q. McDowell, "Pre-Distortion of Local-Oscillator Wave-front for Improved Optical Heterodyne Detection through a Turbulent Atmosphere," Sc. D. thesis (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, M. I. T., Cambridge, Mass., April 1971).

W. B. Bridges, P. T. Brunner, S. P. Lazzara, T. A. Nussmeier, T. R. O'Meara, J. A. Sanguinet, and W. P. Brown, Jr., Appl. Opt. 13, 291 (1974).

V. N. Mahajan, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 271 (1975).

F. J. Dyson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 551 (1975).

S. R. Robinson, "Spatial Phase Compensation Receivers for Optical Communication," Ph. D. thesis (Dept. of Electrical Engineering, M.I. T., Cambridge, Mass, May 1975).

J. C. Wyant, "Active Wavefront Compensation for Astronomical Applications," presented at the Topical Meeting on Imaging in Astronomy, Cambridge, Mass., June 1975.

J. H. Shapiro, Appl. Opt. 13, 2609 (1974).

In other words, we shall assume a uniform turbulence-strength distribution along the propagation path.

V. I. Tatarski, Wave Propagation in a Turbulent Medium (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1961).

R. F. Lutomirski and H. T. Yura, Appl. Opt. 10, 1652 (1971).

H. T. Yura, Appl. Opt. 11, 1399 (1972).

H. S. Lin, "Communication Model for the Turbulent Atmosphere," Ph. D. thesis (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, August 1973).

J. H. Shapiro, Appl. Opt. 13, 2614 (1974).

J. H. Shapiro, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 65 (1975).

R. L. Fante, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 592 (1974).

R. L. Fante and J. L. Poirier, Appl. Opt. 12, 2247 (1973).

D. L. Fried, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 1427 (1965).

R. L. Fante, Proc. IEEE 63, 1669 (1975).

We assume the atmosphere is ergodic, i.e., time averages equal ensemble averages.

J. W. Goodman, Introduction to Fourier Optics (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1968), Chap. 6.

This result also applies to nonuniform turbulence within the region of validity of Rytov's method.

J. H. Shapiro, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 64, 540A (1974).

J. H. Shapiro, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 61, 492 (1971).

J. D. Gaskill, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 58, 600 (1968).

J. L. Bufton, P. O. Minott, M. W. Fitzmaurice, and P. J. Titterton, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 62, 1068 (1972).

L. S. Taylor and C. J. Infosino, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 78 (1975).

By quasimonochromatic we mean that Δλ/λ is small enough to ensure that the atmospheric log-amplitude and phase perturbations are completely correlated across the wavelength band of the source, c.f., D. L. Fried, Appl. Opt. 10, 721 (1971).

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