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17 November 2000 Does the detailed turbulence profile matter?
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The profile of atmospheric turbulence strength along a laser propagation or imaging path is thought to significantly influence performance. We use wave optics simulation to evaluate performance under random variations of turbulence profiles along a 50-km propagation path. Performance is given by power in the bucket (PIB) strehl in a (lambda) /D bucket. For a point source and under the conditions we investigated, we conclude that, in addition to the Rytov parameter, knowledge of r0 can significantly improve performance prediction.
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Donald C. Washburn and Robert Russell Butts "Does the detailed turbulence profile matter?", Proc. SPIE 4125, Propagation and Imaging through the Atmosphere IV, (17 November 2000);

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