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10 December 1999 Wavefront propagation and imaging through cirrus clouds
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The authors present a wavefront reconstruction technique for beams forward scattered and back scattered through cirrus clouds. The technique uses ray distributions from the Coherent Illumination and Ray Trace Imaging Software for Cirrus which traces the propagation and E field vectors through a 3D volume of ice crystals in the shape of columns, plates, bullets, and bullet rosettes with random positions and polydisperse sizes and orientations. The wavefronts are then propagated to a telescope receiver on the ground and imaged in the receiver focal plate. A modification transfer function for each of these images is calculated and compared to the MTF for a diffraction-limited system.
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Barbara Tehan Landesman, Peter J. Kindilien, and Charles L. Matson "Wavefront propagation and imaging through cirrus clouds", Proc. SPIE 3866, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems III, (10 December 1999);


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