Abstract

The coherence length for propagation of radiation through a turbulent medium is a measure of the phase distortion of the wave by the turbulence. It is expressed in terms of an integral over the propagation path of the atmospheric refractive-index structure constant CN2. For a commonly used parametrization of dependence of CN2 on height, this integral is evaluated analytically.

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