Keywords

irradiance, power spectral density, scintillation

Abstract

A propagation experiment was designed, assembled, and conducted on an extended range to verify theoretical temporal models for weak to strong fluctuation theory. Laser light intensity was propagated over terrain at the Kennedy Space Center (Florida), and detected using optical receivers at a distance of 13.3 Km from the optical source. The intensity data from the experiment was used to generate an experimental Power Spectral Density (PSD) function. The theoretical Mutual Coherence Function (MCF) and Wave Structure Function (WSF) as set forth by Andrews/Phillips , were evaluated to determine the effective relationship between the statistical moments of the random optical field and the laser light intensity. Two scales of interest were identified (refractive large-scale and diffractive small-scale) and plotted revealing the characteristic shape of each component. In addition, statistical principles applied to the correlation/covariance function relationship and a graphical convolution process were used to generate a theoretical PSD function. Further, utilizing Taylor's "frozen turbulence" hypothesis an analysis of the theoretical temporal covariance function was performed. Functional forms for refractive and diffractive log-irradiance components were developed and used to generate a second theoretical PSD function. Finally, the experimental and theoretical Power Spectral Density functions are plotted on the same graph and a comparison is performed.

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Graduation Date

2008

Advisor

Phillips, Ronald

Degree

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Department

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Degree Program

Electrical Engineering

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0002403

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0002403

Language

English

Release Date

December 2008

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Restricted to the UCF community until December 2008; it will then be open access.

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