A precise statistical definition is established for the geometric "shape" of a randomly distorted wavefront. Relationships between the phase-structure function and the statistics governing the shape are derived. The most significant portion of wavefront distortion caused by atmospheric turbulence is a random tilting of the plane-wave front. A procedure is outlined for calculating the influence of wavefront distortion on optical systems. Estimates are formed of the effect of wave-front distortion on photographic resolution and optical heterodyne efficiency.
Journal of the Optical Society of America (1917-1983)
- Pub Date:
- November 1965
- ATMOSPHERIC EFFECTS;