6 February 2004 Atmospheric scintillation effect on adaptive optics correction
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Abstract
Scintillation is increased when laser propagates long distance near horizontally in atmospherics, which limits the ability of conventional adaptive optical system. A theoretical analysis is presented based on extend Huygens-Fresnel theory for Gaussian beam profile. Numerical simulations based on wave optics computer code are given for different atmospheric condition. For given Rytov variance different turbulence strength and propagating distance are considered. Various receiving and projecting apertures are also considered. Rytov variance and propagation Fresnel have more effect on Strehl ratio. The expressions of Strehl ratio versus Rytov variance are obtained from weak to strong scintillation. For given Rytov variance, Strehl ratio with Fresnel number is studied. Large aperture has benefit for correction. The results show that Strehl ratio increases with Fresnel number and saturates to the limit of ideal phase-only correction for given Rytov variance.
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Youkuan Li, Dongquan Chen, Xiangwan Du, "Atmospheric scintillation effect on adaptive optics correction", Proc. SPIE 5237, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VI, (6 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.513213; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.513213
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Atmospheric propagation

Scintillation

Adaptive optics

Wave propagation

Turbulence

Atmospheric optics

Optical simulations

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