Wave-optics simulation of dynamic speckle: Ii. In an image plane

Derek J. Burrell, Mark F. Spencer, Noah R. Van Zandt, Ronald G. Driggers

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This two-part paper demonstrates the use of wave-optics simulations to model the effects of dynamic speckle. In Part II, we formulate closed-form expressions for the analytical irradiance correlation coefficient, specifically in the image plane of an optical system. These expressions are for square, circular, and Gaussian limiting apertures and four different modes of extended-object motion, including in-plane and out-of-plane translation and rotation. Using a phase-screen approach,we then simulate the equivalent scattering froman optically rough extended object, where we assume that the surface heights are uniformly distributed and delta correlated from grid point to grid point. For comparison to the analytical irradiance correlation coefficient, we also calculate the numerical irradiance correlation coefficient from the dynamic speckle after propagation from the simulated object plane to the simulated image plane. Overall, the analytical and numerical results definitely demonstrate that, relative to theory, the dynamic speckle in the simulated image plane is properly correlated from one frame to the next. Such validated wave-optics simulations provide the framework needed to model more sophisticated setups and obtain accurate results for system-level studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)G77-G90
JournalApplied optics
Issue number25
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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