Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Stephen C. Cain, PhD
This dissertation documents three new contributions to simulation and modeling of optical turbulence. The first contribution is the formalization, optimization, and validation of a modeling technique called successively conditioned rendering (SCR). The SCR technique is empirically validated by comparing the statistical error of random phase screens generated with the technique. The second contribution is the derivation of the covariance delineation theorem, which provides theoretical bounds on the error associated with SCR. It is shown empirically that the theoretical bound may be used to predict relative algorithm performance. Therefore, the covariance delineation theorem is a powerful tool for optimizing SCR algorithms. For the third contribution, we introduce a new method for passively estimating optical turbulence parameters, and demonstrate the method using experimental data.
DTIC Accession Number
Formwalt, Byron P., "Modeling, Simulation, and Estimation of Optical Turbulence" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 2886.