Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 90–95 | Cite as

Enhancement of the laser return mean power at the strong optical scintillation regime in a turbulent atmosphere

  • V. A. BanakhEmail author
Optics of Stochastically-Heterogeneous Media


The results of the analysis of the backscattered radiation mean power enhancement in a turbulent atmosphere are presented. The above enhancement arises because of the correlation of the forward and backward waves in a random media. The analysis was performed for the strong optical scintillation regime in a turbulent atmosphere. It is shown that the laser return mean power in the turbulent atmosphere can two times exceed that in a homogeneous medium because of the correlation of forward and backscattered waves. With an increase in the optical turbulence strength, the enhancement effect decreases according to the power law.


Lidar Turbulent Atmosphere Optical Turbulence Backscatter Radiation Power Amplification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric OpticsSiberian Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesTomskRussia

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