8 June 1994 Information content of an imaging system in atmospheric turbulence
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Proceedings Volume 2120, Laser Beam Propagation and Control; (1994) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.177685
Event: OE/LASE '94, 1994, Los Angeles, CA, United States
The effects of atmospheric turbulence on the imaging quality and resolution of an optical system, illuminated by the coherent and noncoherent light, are discussed in terms of the information content and the number Nd of degrees of freedom of an imaging system. lt is shown that, for coherent illumination system and the receiving radius R2 is langer than the radius a of propagated beam ,the turbulent spread of the beam may lead a positive effect , and there is a potential superresolution, the resolution beyond the classical diffraction limit and for R2 < at ,the Nd is independent on the atmospheric turbulence. For the particuar cases of incoherent illumination, Nd is found to be reduced from its turbulence--free value , the Shannon number , by the factor ((alpha)r0/D0 ) 2, r0 is the Fried's parmenter , D0 is the receiving diameter and (alpha) is the function of the variable r0/D0. The information content of coherent incoherent illumination systems is decrease with the atmosphere--turbulence fluctuations increase.
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Yixin Zhang, Yixin Zhang, "Information content of an imaging system in atmospheric turbulence", Proc. SPIE 2120, Laser Beam Propagation and Control, (8 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177685; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.177685

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