Abstract

The probability <i>P</i> of getting a lucky short-exposure image through the atmosphere has been measured. This measurement was made by photographing two point sources separated by a length Δ corresponding to the resolution limit of the imaging system with an aperture <i>D</i>. <i>r</i><sub>0</sub> was measured simultaneously. The distance between the imaging system and the point sources was 6000 m. Six observers independently determined whether the sources were resolved. By changing <i>D</i>, a plot of <i>P</i> versus <i>D</i>/<i>r</i><sub>0</sub> was obtained. It is shown that In <i>P</i> ~ (<i>D</i>/<i>r</i><sub>0</sub>)<sup>2</sup>, as predicted by Fried [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1651 (1978)].

© 1981 Optical Society of America

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  1. R. E. Hufnagel, in Restoration of Atmospherically Degraded Images (National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 1966), Vol. 3, App. 2, p. 11.
  2. D. L. Fried, "Probability of getting a lucky short-exposure image through turbulence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1651–1658 (1978).
  3. D. L. Fried, "Optical heterodyne detection of an atmospherically distorted signal wavefront," Proc. IEEE 55, 57–67 (1967).
  4. S. F. Clifford, in Laser Beam Propagation in a Turbulent Medium, J. W. Strohbehn, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1978), p. 9–43.
  5. W. J. Dixon and F. J. Massey, Introduction to Statistical Analysis, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1975).

1978 (1)

Clifford, S. F.

S. F. Clifford, in Laser Beam Propagation in a Turbulent Medium, J. W. Strohbehn, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1978), p. 9–43.

Dixon, W. J.

W. J. Dixon and F. J. Massey, Introduction to Statistical Analysis, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1975).

Fried, D. L.

D. L. Fried, "Probability of getting a lucky short-exposure image through turbulence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1651–1658 (1978).

D. L. Fried, "Optical heterodyne detection of an atmospherically distorted signal wavefront," Proc. IEEE 55, 57–67 (1967).

Hufnagel, R. E.

R. E. Hufnagel, in Restoration of Atmospherically Degraded Images (National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 1966), Vol. 3, App. 2, p. 11.

Massey, F. J.

W. J. Dixon and F. J. Massey, Introduction to Statistical Analysis, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1975).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. (1)

Other (4)

D. L. Fried, "Optical heterodyne detection of an atmospherically distorted signal wavefront," Proc. IEEE 55, 57–67 (1967).

S. F. Clifford, in Laser Beam Propagation in a Turbulent Medium, J. W. Strohbehn, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1978), p. 9–43.

W. J. Dixon and F. J. Massey, Introduction to Statistical Analysis, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1975).

R. E. Hufnagel, in Restoration of Atmospherically Degraded Images (National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 1966), Vol. 3, App. 2, p. 11.

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