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5th International Conference on Theoretical and Applied Physics

Vienna, Austria

William W Arrasmith

Florida Institute of Technology, USA

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Title: General method for direct transfer function estimation using parallel, non-redundant, complex exponential phase difference chains, with applications to high-speed, high-spatial resolution atmospheric turbulence compensated imaging systems


Biography: William W Arrasmith


We present a general method for directly estimating 1-D (time-based) or 2-D (spatial domain-based) transfer functions from only irradiance measurements, applicable to linear, time and/or space invariant detection systems. A relevant example of a 2-D linear, space-invariant system is an atmospheric turbulence compensating imaging system. For well designed optical imaging systems, the turbulent atmosphere dominantly and strongly limits the imaging system’s spatial resolution when the entrance pupil aperture is much larger than the atmospheric coherence length r0. In this case, the uncorrected optical imaging system in atmospheric turbulence falls far short of achieving its potential classical diffraction-limited spatial resolution. Atmospheric turbulence compensation (ATC) methods can provide a D/ro improvement in spatial resolution where D is the diameter of the entrance pupil of the imaging systems and ro is the atmospheric coherence length (a.k.a Fried parameter). In this paper, we briefly describe the nature and effects of atmospheric turbulence on passive, incoherent optical imagery (e.g. imaging systems that use natural illumination sources such as sunlight or moonlight), describe the theoretical basis and mathematical underpinnings used to simulate the effects of atmospheric turbulence, describe the model for our direct optical transfer function (OTF) estimation method, and show how our new OTF estimation method applies to representative atmospheric turbulence compensation paradigms. Our OTF estimation method is shown to have increased computational speed, reduced computational and physical complexity, eliminates inherent
computational redundancies, potentially provides higher accuracy in estimating the OTF, and has built-in constraints for faster
solution convergence over contemporary methods.